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Green Bay Packers defensive end Joe Johnson was charged with marijuana possession after a deputy saw his car stopped on the highway.

Johnson posted bond of $1,625 and was released, sheriff's Capt. Bobby Brannen said.

Packers spokesman Lee Remmel said the team was aware of what happened but had no other comment. Johnson's agent, Roosevelt Barnes, did not immediately return a call.

Deputy David Hardy said he saw Johnson's hazard lights flashing. As he approached, Johnson got out and met him at the rear of the car. He told the deputy he needed directions to Tallahassee, Fla.

Hardy said he smelled marijuana smoke, searched the car and found what was believed to be a misdemeanor amount of marijuana.

Drug charges for Hamilton

TRENTON, N.J. -- New York Giants defensive tackle Keith Hamilton was charged with cocaine and marijuana possession after his car was stopped for having tinted windows.

Hamilton was released on his own recognizance, and the charges will be referred to the Morris County prosecutor, authorities said.

Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said the team was aware of the situation. He would not comment on the arrest or any disciplinary action Hamilton might face from the team or NFL.

Following a search, Hamilton was charged with possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled dangerous substance.

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