As cited in a report by Californiawatch.org, Bengals offensive lineman Anthony Collins and receiver Jerome Simpson were detained and questioned at Simpson’s home Tuesday after another person at the house signed for a delivery package that contained a 2.5 pound bag of high-grade marijuana from California.
No arrests were made, according to the report, but authorities called it a controlled delivery to a house that was set up as a distribution network. Inside the northern Kentucky home, police allegedly found six more pounds of marijuana, empty parcels, scales and packaging material.
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In recent years, drug agents have stepped up efforts to intercept California-grown pot being shipped out of state by drug-trafficking organizations seeking higher profits.
Michelle Gregory, spokeswoman for the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, said the operation was initiated by a special marijuana task force after agents discovered a suspicious package at a commercial sorting facility in Sacramento.
The agents then alerted law enforcement in Kentucky, who intercepted the package and monitored its delivery. Barb Schempf, spokeswoman for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, confirmed that airport police participated in the controlled delivery but declined further comment, citing the ongoing investigation.
Said Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan: “There’s nothing of substance in the development of rumors that we’re aware of. There’s nothing to hang a hat on at this point.”
Federal prosecutors as well as Kentucky state and local law enforcement are continuing to investigate.
According to the report, Simpson wrote on his Twitter account that his supposed arrest was "100% rumor." That account apparently has been deleted since.
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