University of Alabama offensive lineman Lester Cotton was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia Friday night, according to Tuscaloosa Police Department records.

Cotton, who will be a junior in 2017, was stopped by TPD at approximately 11 p.m. Friday in his Chevrolet Tahoe at the intersection of Hackberry Lane and Bryant Dr. The officer detected the smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A search of the vehicle revealed an undisclosed amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Cotton was charged, processed and later released on bond.

The Central High School product started five games for the Crimson Tide in 2016.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban released the following comment.

“We are in the process of determining the facts in the situation with Lester Cotton. We will handle any discipline internally like we have done in the past.”

Reach Aaron Suttles at or at 205-722-0229.