Eddie Long Accusers Face Legal Trouble

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One of the men who accused Bishop Eddie Long of sexual misconduct is now facing felony drug charges.

Jamal Parris, 24, was arrested in Florida this week and charged with marijuana distribution and use of a firearm during commission of a felony.

Parris was initially pulled over by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper because his new BMW did not have tags. The officer said he "smelled a strong and distinct odor of marijuana" from the car and started to search the vehicle.

According to the arrest report, 181 grams of marijuana was found along with 50 plastic bags consistent with selling drugs, and a handgun. Parris also had $1,251 cash in his pocket.

The arrest took place in Miami Beach, where Parris has reportedly been living for the past three weeks to finish school at Miami Dade College.

Meanwhile, a different Long accuser is facing trial over a burglary at the pastor's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church office in Lithonia, Ga.

Anthony Boyd is accused of breaking into Long's office on June 12, 2010 and stealing $100,000 worth of jewelry and electronics. He pleaded not guilty to the charges, June 28.

Boyd claims that Maurice Robinson and Anthony Flagg, two of the four men involved in the Long lawsuit, broke into the office to collect evidence against Long.

If Boyd's case goes to trial, lawyers say it's a strong possibility Bishop Eddie Long would be called to testify.

Parris, Boyd, Robinson and Flagg all issued lawsuits against Long last September, claiming he used his spiritual authority to sexually coerce them. The case was settled outside of court for an undisclosed amount.

--Published July 1, 2011.

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