Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson was indicted Thursday by a Kenton County (KY) grand jury on felony drug charges. The indictment stems from an investigation following Simpson's involvement in a drug raid at Simpson's home in Crestview Hills four months ago.
Simpson was charged with trafficking marijuana over 8 oz. and less than five pounds in the indictment. The charge is considered a Class D felony and carries the potential of a five year prison sentence.
Federal authorities tracked a 2.5 pound shipment of marijuana to Simpson's house. After Simpson's girlfriend accepted the package, authorities came in and detained her, Simpson, and Bengals' offensive lineman Anthony Collins who has since been exonerated. Inside, authorities discovered six more pounds of marijuana, scales and smoking paraphernalia.
Simpson continued to play for Cincinnati during the grand jury investigation. He had his best year as a pro, amassing 725 while catching 50 passes, four of them touchdowns.
Heading into a free agent year and with these charges looming, it would appear unlikely for Simpson to return to the Bengals.
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