Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Jerome Simpson was indicted on drug charges on Thursday (January 19) in Covington, Kentucky.
According to ESPN, he was charged with with a felony for trafficking more than eight ounces and less than five pounds of marijuana.
The indictment comes nearly four months after federal agents confiscated 2.5 pounds of marijuana that was allegedly shipped from California to Simpson’s northern Kentucky home.
Investigators said they also found six more pounds of marijuana inside the house, as well as drug paraphernalia such as packaging materials, scales and smoking devices.
If convicted, Simpson could face one to five years in prison.
When the NFL player is due in court was unknown at press time.
Simpson finished the 2011 NFL season third on the Bengals with 50 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns. However, he struggled, committing regular dropped catches.
Analysts expected it’d be his last with Cincinnati.
Simpson was selected in the 2nd round of the 2008 NFL Draft with the 46th overall. He signed a four-year contract, and has played with the Bengals since then.