New Hampshire prosecutors have agreed to drop a cocaine charge against New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung as long as he stays out of trouble for two years, submits to drug screening and performs 40 hours of community service, authorities said Monday.
Belknap County, N.H. Attorney Andrew B. Livernois’s office confirmed the resolution of the closely watched case in a statement.
"'The State has agreed that it will file what is known as a ‘conditional nolle prosequi’ of the charges,” the statement said. “This means that the State has agreed to conditionally dismiss the charges against Mr. Chung, with the explicit understanding that Mr. Chung will abide by” conditions.
Chung’s lawyer didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment. A Patriots spokesman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The conditions of the deal include Chung avoiding trouble for two years by not committing any felonies, misdemeanors or major motor vehicle offenses, as well as submitting to periodic drug testing and perform 40 hours of community service, including at least 20 hours in New Hampshire, said the statement from Livernois’s office.
“There are several factors which led the State to agree to this resolution,” the statement said. “First, Mr. Chung has no prior criminal record nor any prior involvement with the criminal justice system. Second, Mr. Chung was fully cooperative with the Meredith Police Department on the evening of the incident involved. Third, the amount of the drugs which were allegedly in Mr. Chung’s possession and/or control was small. Fourth, Mr. Chung has provided proof to the State that he has voluntarily undergone a full substance abuse evaluation, and that said evaluation indicated that Mr. Chung does not need any substance abuse treatment.”
A grand jury indicted Chung, 32, on Aug. 8 for possession of a controlled drug, which stemmed from a June 25 visit by police to his home in Meredith, N.H., according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors have said police responded to his two-story gray house following a “call for service,” and that “during the course of that call, the police obtained the evidence which has led to the current charges being filed.”
A Patriots second-round draft pick in 2009, Chung has started in all four of the Patriots’ recent Super Bowl appearances. The team restructured Chung’s contract in April to give him a pay raise from $2.4 million to $6 million for the 2019 season. He’s under contract through the 2021 season.
He left the Pats’ season-ending playoff loss to the Titans on Jan. 4 with an ankle injury.
Jim McBride of the Globe Staff contributed to this report.