JaMarcus Russell Arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance

Free agent quarterback JaMarcus Russell was arrested on Monday for possession of a controlled substance, the Mobile (Al.) County Sheriff's office says.

Russell was allegedly in possession of a codeine syrup, often used to make "Purple Drank" or "lean", which is a mixture of prescription cough syrup, Sprite, and Jolly Ranchers. The mixture was the subject of a recent episode of ESPN's "Outside the Lines" as it's gained popularity among professional athletes in recent years.

Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Johnny Jolly is presently awaiting trial on felony drug charges in Clark County, Texas for his involvement in a drug operation. Jolly was in possession of 200 grams of codeine, and faces over 10 years in prison, if convicted.

Mobile County Sheriff's office spokesman Lori Myles says the arrest occurred at his home during an undercover investigation. Russell was booked and released on $2,500 bail.

Russell is due in court on July 20, with a bond hearing scheduled for July 7.

The first overall pick of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders, Russell started 25 games during his three seasons in Oakland, completing 52.1% of his 680 pass attempts for 4,083 yards, 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions, compiling a career passer rating of 65.2.

After paying him $39 million dollars in three seasons, the Raiders released Russell on May 6.

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