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Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson's pot bust might be landing him in a lot of hot water. Authorities tracked a 2.5 pound package of marijuana delivered through the mail to Simpson's Kentucky home earlier this week.
The package was sent from the Northern California city of Eureka. It was one of 40 packages the California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement was tracking.
Aleen Smith, Simpson's girlfriend, accepted the package at Simpson's home.
Simpson and fellow Bengals teammate Anthony Collins were present at the house when authorities arrived. Simpson consented to a search of the home.
The search uncovered an additional 6 pounds of marijuana and assorted drug paraphernalia. Authorities also discovered "packaging materials, scales and smoking devices," reports USA Today.
In short, it looked like a possible distribution network for weed.
Simpson and Collins were questioned and released. Charges have not been filed yet, but are expected to come down later this week, according to CNN.
What kind of charges could the NFL players face?
They could be charged with drug possession, which might be a felony considering they were found with 8.5 pounds of marijuana.
They could also be charged with possession with the intent to distribute. After all, authorities uncovered drug paraphernalia including packaging materials. This may indicate that they intended to re-sell the weed.
Jerome Simpson's pot bust may also garner him some professional sanctions as well. Simpson and Collins could both be subject to discipline under the NFL's substance abuse and personal conduct policies. The lesson here: don't get marijuana through the mail. You never know who's tracking your weed delivery.