Thursday, September 22, 2011

Former KU football player Anthony Collins at home of Bengals teammate during drug raid


— For authorities tracking a marijuana shipment from California, the trail ended unexpectedly at the home of a Cincinnati Bengals player in suburban northern Kentucky where police say they found more drugs.

No arrests have been made. Police were still investigating the case Thursday that has entangled Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson, a North Carolina native in his fourth NFL season. A package containing 2½ pounds of marijuana was tracked to Simpson's home.

The case is being investigated by police at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, along with other local authorities.

A Bengals spokesman offered no comment. Calls to Simpson's agent went unreturned.

Simpson was at his home along with girlfriend and teammate Anthony Collins on Tuesday when the woman accepted the package, said Michelle Gregory, a spokeswoman with the California Department of Justice.

Collins' agent didn't return a call seeking comment.

The package originated in Eureka, Calif., part of the so-called Emerald Triangle, the state's vaunted pot-growing region, and was discovered by a drug-sniffing dog in Sacramento, Gregory said. The address label bore the name of Jason Snider, not Simpson's, but Gregory said it's not unusual for people to use false names when sending illegal drugs through the mail.

A search of Simpson's home also turned up 6 more pounds of marijuana, smoking pipes and scales, authorities said.

"We don't believe it (the package) was for personal use," Gregory said. "We believe there's some sort of distribution or sales out of his home."

The Bengals had 10 players arrested during a 10-month span from April 2006 to June 2007. Receiver Chris Henry was the biggest repeat offender, one of the factors in NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell cracking down on player misconduct.

The Bengals created a stir when they decided to bring Henry back after his fifth arrest. He later died in a fall from his fiancee's truck.

Two players got arrested last summer, putting the Bengals back in the spotlight.

Last July, cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was arrested in downtown Cincinnati and charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial in November. Jones is currently on an injury list as he recovers from offseason neck surgery.

Running back Cedric Benson spent five days in a Texas jail before the start of the season, completing his sentence for two misdemeanor assault cases.

Law enforcement agents are trying to determine who sent the package to Simpson's home. There was no return label.

Gregory said if Kentucky authorities do not charge Simpson or others, California may consider that possibility.


Jeremy Bolinger 8 years, 5 months ago

Way to represent your team, your former school, and most importantly, YOUR FAMILY!

Mark Elzea 8 years, 5 months ago

I'm really hoping the sentence "Simpson was at his home along with girlfriend and teammate Anthony Collins..." is missing the word "his" before "girlfriend! Otherwise, you're also outing a couple of NFL players ;-)

KGphoto 8 years, 5 months ago

Too funny! I'm dying here. I didn't even notice that.

Kevin Studer 8 years, 5 months ago

And it is only September. We are well on our way to setting a new all-time record for current and former player arrests this year. Great work, boys. (Yes, I know this wasn't an arrest. But it sure as hell stinks like one.)

Richard Heckler 8 years, 5 months ago

Those darn hippy football players.....

Cowboys and athletes love their recreational opportunities then again so do some bankers and cab drivers. Gosh hippies must be everywhere.

Pbbut 8 years, 5 months ago

Any chance there are hippies on the police force.

David Hodges 8 years, 5 months ago

Just because he was at the house of a teammate that happened to get raided does not mean he was involved or even aware. All it says is that he was there during the raid. It's not like he was at the house of some random while it got raided... he is a teammate. Let the details play out before you lump the guy in with Simpsons business. People just love jumping to conclusions.

esque 8 years, 5 months ago

There is nothing in that article that states Anthony Collins was arrested or even involved in this case to be. So far, the only thing he appears to have done wrong was be at this guy's home when the package arrived. Let's all withhold judgement until more facts surrounding this come to light.

Clarence Haynes 8 years, 5 months ago

We need to hear all of the facts. Apparently the Bengal Head Coach says that he (Collins) was not a target of the investigation and will suit up Sunday.

JHawk06 8 years, 5 months ago

Getting busted at a teammate/dealers house...bummer

Andy Hess 8 years, 5 months ago

HE wasn't busted. His teammate was. Read the freaking article.

squawkhawk 8 years, 5 months ago

You know what they say about he company one keeps...most likely applies here.

Jim Williamson 8 years, 5 months ago

There are a lot of reasons Mark Mangino packed Collins' bags and rented a U-Haul for him after the kid's junion year.

nuleafjhawk 8 years, 5 months ago

Oh - I thought it was because he kept stealing Mangino's twinkies.

quigley 8 years, 5 months ago

"No return label" That is one smart drug dealer.

usafJayhawk 8 years, 5 months ago

I live in Dayton, OH. Melting my brain to read about the Bungles & their hijinks in the Lawrence, KS sports section! LJW is giving this (the drugs bust) more coverage than our own paper! Maybe we're used to out here, since its been happening over and over and over...

Geekinout 8 years, 5 months ago

It's a sad day when society has that much crime that revolves around alcohol, yet it's still legal and we even allow commercials that advertise for it. We throw so much tax payers money away trying to prohibit a substance that naturally grows outdoors. They have thrown a blanket over our heads! Think of all the complications alcoholism leads to compared to using marijuana...?

Shane Garrett 8 years, 5 months ago

Attending the Lawrence Brew Fest this Saturday. And no crimes will be commited. There will be some happy, well fed, sleepy over night campers. And I am sure Collins was not there waiting for a package to arrive. Whoo hoo Christmas in September. Who invited the police???!

Shane Garrett 8 years, 5 months ago

Nice find there dshjhawk. I think they will clear his name. Good.

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