JaMarcus Russell, a big name in Mobile and the NFL was arrestedMonday on a drug charge.
Undercover Narcotics Agents with the Mobile County Sheriff'soffice arrested Russell at his home in South Mobile County Mondayafternoon. "It's an ongoing investigation," said Lori Myles withthe Mobile County Sheriff's Office.
Deputies said the narcotic found was codeine syrup, it isunclear why he had it.
"We understand that typically sometime this codeine syrup ismixed with a beverage, like sprite, and they call it sip-sip,"Myles said.
The amount that was found has not been released. Sheriff'sdeputies said there were multiple people in Russell's home atthe time of the arrest but Russell was the only person taken intocustody.
"It's a felony, it's my understanding it's his first. He couldbe probation, or it could be drug court. Whatever the courtdecides," said Myles.
Shortly after Russell was booked, his bond of 25-hundred dollarswas posted.
Russell was a high school football standout. He signed oneof the biggest rookie contracts in the history of the NFL. He wasdrafted by the Oakland Raiders, was released from his contract inMay, just three years after being the No. 1 overall draft pick. Hegraduated from high school in Mobile and played for Louisiana StateUniversity for three years.
Russell's bond hearing has been set for Wednesday, July 7th. Hiscourt date has been set for July 20th.
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