Cops swooped in on a house owned by Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson after a package containing 2.5 pounds of marijuana was allegedly delivered to his home.
Investigators found 6 more pounds of pot inside the home, says Michelle Gregory, spokeswoman for the California Department of Justice. Gregory said Simpson and Bengals teammate Anthony Collins (seen below) were present when a woman, 27 year old Aleen Smith, accepted the package at Simpson’s home.
Cops detained Simpson and Collins, but no one was arrested, Gregory said. Simpson told police he lived at the residence and gave officers consent to search the premises, Gregory said.
Officers also seized drug paraphernalia such as “packaging materials, scales and smoking devices.” “The house was set up as a potential distribution network,” Tommy LaNier, head of the National Marijuana Initiative, told CaliforniaWatch.
The NMI is funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and helps coordinate marijuana enforcement operations around the United States. “They had it all set up to receive supplies of high-grade marijuana from Northern California, and from there, it was being distributed from that residence,” LaNier said. SMDH!
The case will be addressed today (Thursday) by the Kenton County Prosecutor’s Office, police said. Gregory says California authorities routinely track suspected marijuana packages but this is the first time, to her knowledge, a tracked package of marijuana led to the home of an NFL player.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed that violations of law when drugs are concerned would make both players subject to discipline under both policies. However, both Simpson and Collins did participate in Wednesday’s practice in preparation for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.