MOBILE, Alabama (WALA) - More details are slowly being released in the arrest of JaMarcusRussell. The former Oakland Raiders Quarterback was taken intocustody at his home after being accused of possession of acontrolled substance.
Although he's facing a felony charge, he was in and out of jailin a matter of minutes. Officials said this is his first offenseand Russell was not the only one being investigated.
"I was shocked. Seemed sad that he would have this kind oftrouble after his success as an athlete," neighbor Tom Millersaid.
Neighbors were surprised to hear of Russell's allegedinvolvement with drugs.
Deputies said his arrest came after an investigation that lastedseveral months.
"It was an undercover narcotic investigation on various drugs,marijuana any type of illegal drug. His name came up several timesand his home location and so it's our duty as law enforcement to goinvestigate that," Lori Myles with the Mobile County Sheriff'sOffice said.
Authorities got a search warrant and went to Russell's home.
"Found evidence of a controlled substance," said Myles.
Deputies said that substance was codeine syrup.
"It has several different street names one is sip-sip one issyrup, and the purpose is to get you high," Myles added.
Officials said Russell did not have a prescription for it.
"It's been known to be used illegally. What they call purpledrank, when they mix the codeine syrup with a substance like 7up orSprite. Codeine syrup is a very powerful narcotic. It is aprescription only drug and it's in the same class of drug as heroinand oxycontin, those types of drugs. It's a painkiller. It's beenwidely used in the south and I understand it's been popular amongprofessional athletes," Virginia Guy, Executive Director of theDrug Education Council said.
Deputies won't say whether Russell was suspected of using thecodeine or selling it.
Authorities said they don't know how much of the codeine syrupwas found. The substance was turned over to the Alabama Departmentof Forensic Science, they'll determine the amount within the next 7to 10 days.
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