Jerome Simpson, Ex-Reidsville Star, Indicted on Drug Trafficking Charge

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Former Reidsville Rams star and current Cincinnati Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson was indicted Thursday for marijuana trafficking, leaving him subject to a jail sentence and punishment from the NFL.

A Kenton County, Ky. grand jury indicted Simpson on one count of marijuana trafficking in excess of 8 ounces. That's a felony count that carries up to five years in jail. He's scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 30.

Simpson, a Reidsville native, helped the Rams win consecutive state football titles in 2002 and 2003, as well as the state basketball title in 2003. The Bengals drafted him in 2008 as a second-round pick from Coastal Carolina.

A Bengals spokesman said the team was aware of Simpson's indictment but had no comment.

Simpson has been under investigation since September, when agents from California tracked a package shipped to the receiver's home in northern Kentucky. They said it contained 2 ½ pounds of marijuana. No charges were filed at that time.

Simpson's girlfriend accepted the package at the home, said Michelle Gregory, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Justice. Teammate Anthony Collins was visiting Simpson's home at the time, but was cleared of any involvement.

A search of Simpson's home also turned up 6 more pounds of marijuana, smoking pipes and scales, authorities said.

Simpson hasn't spoken about the package or the investigation with the media. He just finished had his best season yet, catching 53 passes for 758 yards and four touchdowns. The Bengals won a wild card playoff berth but lost to Houston in the first round.

Simpson is the third Bengals player to get in trouble with the law since last July. Running back Cedric Benson served five days in a Texas jail for assault and was suspended for one game by the NFL. Cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones pleaded guilty Wednesday to disorderly conduct at a Cincinnati bar last summer and was sentenced to community service.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.