California Watch has reported today that two members of the Cincinnati Bengals have been implicated in a marijuana shipment emanating from Northern California. The website, which claims to be "founded by the Center for Investigative Reporting" reports that California narcotics agents tracked a shipment of "high grade" marijuana from Northern California to a home in Northern Kentucky where wide receiver Jerome Simpson and offensive lineman Anthony Collins were present. The package was alleged to have contained 2.5 pounds of marijuana. The two Bengals and a third person were questioned by authorities but no arrests were made.
The report goes on to say that inside the house authorities found six more pounds of marijuana, other empty parcels, scales, and packaging material.
Michelle Gregory, a spokesperson for the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement confirmed that both Simpson and Collins were detained and interviewed. WKRC-TV sports anchor and former Bengals play-by-play announcer Brad Johansen independently confirmed the story with the California authorities and reports that Simpson and Collins are "part of what is now an ongoing investigation."
Bengals 101 has had an ongoing Twitter dialog with Jerome Simpson since doing a story on him and receivers coach James Urban during training camp. Last night when questioned about the allegations, Simpson tweeted everything was "100% rumor." Some time this evening, Simpson deleted his Twitter account. Bengals 101 will continue to follow this story for any further developments.
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