Updated: Tuesday, 06 Jul 2010, 5:58 AM CDT
Published : Tuesday, 06 Jul 2010, 5:58 AM CDT
JaMarcus Russell, a big name in Mobile and the NFL was arrested Monday on a drug charge.
Undercover Narcotics Agents with the Mobile County Sheriff's office arrested Russell at his home in South Mobile County Monday afternoon. "It's an ongoing investigation," said Lori Myles with the Mobile County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said the narcotic found was codeine syrup, it is unclear why he had it.
"We understand that typically sometime this codeine syrup is mixed with a beverage, like sprite, and they call it sip-sip," Myles said.
The amount that was found has not been released. Sheriff's deputies said there were multiple people in Russell's home at the time of the arrest but Russell was the only person taken into custody.
"It's a felony, it's my understanding it's his first. He could be probation, or it could be drug court. Whatever the court decides," said Myles.
Shortly after Russell was booked, his bond of 25-hundred dollars was posted.
Russell was a high school football standout. He signed one of the biggest rookie contracts in the history of the NFL. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders, was released from his contract in May, just three years after being the No. 1 overall draft pick. He graduated from high school in Mobile and played for Louisiana State University for three years.
Russell's bond hearing has been set for Wednesday, July 7th. His court date has been set for July 20th.