Thursday, January 19, 2012
Bengals' Simpson indicted on drug charges
By Jamison Hensley
Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson was indicted on drug charges Thursday in Covington, Ky., according to The Cincinnati Enquirer.
The indictment charges Simpson with trafficking marijuana over 8 ounces and less than five pounds, Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders told the paper. This is a felony with a punishment of one to five years in prison.
The indictment comes nearly four months after federal authorities confiscated a package containing 2.5 pounds of marijuana that had been shipped from California to his northern Kentucky home. Investigators also found 6 more pounds of pot inside the house, as well as drug paraphernalia such as packaging materials, scales and smoking devices.
Simpson made one of the highlight plays of the season with a late-season touchdown flip into the end zone. He finished third on the Bengals with 50 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns.
This was likely his last season with Cincinnati. Besides the legal situation, Simpson struggled this season with drops and route-running. The Bengals will look to upgrade the No. 2 wide position in free agency.