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NFL player back in court to face drug trafficking charge

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson was back in the Kenton County Circuit Court this week to plead not guilty to a drug trafficking charge that he received in January for having a suspected drug shipment sent to his home. If convicted of this felony, he could face one to five years in prison.

Investigators tracked the shipment September 19, 2011, on a tip from a narcotics unit that a suspicious package, originating from Eureka, California, could be a possible drug shipment. This information was passed onto Kentucky authorities who tracked the delivery to Simpson's residence.

California law enforcement officials believed that the package contained 2.5 pounds of marijuana. Upon searching the defendant's residence, police found an additional six pounds of marijuana, scales and smoking devices.

Simpson, who was drafted into the National Football League in 2008, worked his way into the starting lineup this season after struggling his first three years in the league. He played all 16 games this season and is most remembered for his 19-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown that included a somersault flip over the defender, where he landed in the end zone on his feet.

Anyone facing similar charges should speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss the charges and figure out an effective defense. An attorney understands the complex challenges that involve a drug charge and will work to seek alternatives to conviction.

In California, Proposition 36 refers to a law that dismisses charges after the accused person completes an 18 month drug treatment program. A valuable incentive of the program is that it allows someone that has been charged with drug possession the opportunity to remove the arrest from their record upon successful completion of the program and move forward with their life.

Simpson, 26, has maintained his innocence throughout and said that although the package was delivered to his home, it was not addressed to him.

Source: KYPost.com, "Bengals' Jerome Simpson due back in court for drug trafficking charges," Feb. 20, 2012

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