Authorities: 2.5 pounds of pot sent to home of Bengals player
The Bengals wide receiver is tackled after making a catch against the Denver Broncos last weekend.
September 22nd, 2011
01:29 PM ET

Authorities: 2.5 pounds of pot sent to home of Bengals player

A package containing 2.5 pounds of marijuana was delivered to the Kentucky home of Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson earlier this week, drug enforcement officials in California said Thursday.

Authorities tracked the package from a mail distribution center in Sacramento to Simpson's home in the Cincinnati suburb of Crestview Hills, Kentucky, said Michelle Gregory of the California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement. The package originated in Eureka in northern California, she said, and was one of 40 packages authorities were tracking.

The California authorities notified those in Kentucky, who monitored the delivery. Aleen Smith, identified as Simpson's girlfriend, signed for the package, Gregory said.

A search of the home, to which Simpson consented, revealed six more pounds of marijuana along with scales, boxes and packaging materials consistent with a distribution operation, Gregory said.

Simpson and a teammate who was at his house, offensive tackle Anthony Collins, were questioned and released, Gregory said.

Charges in the case are expected to be filed this week, she said, but it was unclear Thursday where those charges would be filed. Whether the charges are state or federal, they will likely be felony charges, Gregory said.

The Kenton County, Kentucky, prosecutor's office said Thursday it had no comment on the case.

Calls to Simpson's home on Thursday were hung up on.

Bengals public relations director Jack Brennan said the situation is fluid but would not make further comment.

Simpson is a fourth-year wide receiver from North Carolina. He has started both the Bengals' games this season, grabbing eight passes for 180 yards.

Collins is a fourth-year linebacker from Texas who has played mostly special teams this year, according to the Bengals' website.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    It was medicinal, it came from California.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    What the.....?!?

    Ruffie will have plenty to say, I'm sure!

    September 22, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I can't even fathom the stupidity of this! I'm too busy lmao!

    September 22, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    I thought of Ruffie also.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BigDaddyC9

    Can you belive cannabis is still illegal? OMG it doesn't take a Rocket Scientist to figure out that it may be a source of easy money for the USA.As a medical user if the Government came to me today and said "Mr.So and So for a thousand dollars you can grow your own pot and 100$ renewal fee yearly" where do I send the check? This is so lame it is not funny.It is about time all these big shot news orginizations print the real truth about cannabis....that 70% of the entire population is for legalization...Majority rules right? Yeah right...How stupid of the USA to spend 11 Trillion $$ on the War on Drugs(see War on People) and 7 trillion on Pot alone.Stupidity.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Good Stuff

      AGREED!!!!!!! We could really benefit from pot in this country!!!! Come on people let's take a stand!!! Stop spending our money fighting something most of us use!!!!!

      September 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigDaddyC9

      W/o cannabis I would have died as losing 180lbs vomiting is not pretty.I have a Marinol script but it dosen't work nearly as well as pot itself.My wifes insurance company would save thousands of dollars if Ny or for that matter the USA would legalize med use.It is the most benign safe medication in the world and nobody has ever died from just its use in the history of mankind yet folks lose thier lives ingesting OTC medication every day.Stupid or what?

      September 24, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scottish Mama

    Wow we could pay off the deficit in 2 years.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    I still want to tax the wealthy though. We need a surplus for defense.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |

    FIRST, NEver send the stuff to your house or where your selling the stuff.. if you have it sent to your girlfriends house as long as no other drugs are found, you can claim i don't know who sent it...
    you have to keep the scales separte from the weed.. and they have to be cleaned after every use..

    September 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • aj

      and why would he consent to a search???

      September 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • tommas

      AJ, you are acting like the cops and dea can't do what ever they want.

      September 27, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama


    September 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |

    this guy was an ameture fer sure,,, i use a shop vac and pvc tubes and my neighboor keeps all the weed next door..
    so even if i get busted. they might find 1/2 an ounce at most...

    September 22, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Squidly Diddly

      pvc tubes for what?

      September 22, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    THAT'S my boy Ruffie!! LMAO! 🙂

    September 22, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    *That's* my boy Ruffie!! LMAO! 🙂

    September 22, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    *That's* my stupid phone! LMAO! 🙂

    September 22, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mad Hatter


    September 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Scottish Mama

    Read Millionaire Peter Lewis' story. I just came form there. He will be in forbes Mag in October.

    September 22, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
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