Jags' WR Jones Arrested Again For Drug Possession

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Matt Jones was arrested Monday evening in Washington County, Arkansas, and charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The arrest came at 6:21 p.m. in the same county in which Jones was arrested last year on a similar charge. Jones served a three-game suspension for drug possession at the end of the 2008 season.

He was recharged with possession of a controlled substance after he failed a random drug test as part of the terms of a previous arrest. He faced the same charge because he was in violation of the plea agreement that resolved his cocaine possession charge last July.

Jones was arrested and charged with one count of cocaine possession on July 10, 2008, when a Fayetteville police officer saw him inside a parked car allegedly cutting up cocaine with a credit card. The charge carried a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Jones pleaded not guilty and later reached agreement with prosecutor John Threet's office to send the case to drug court.

On Oct. 13, a judge accepted Jones into a drug treatment program that could erase the felony cocaine charge against the former Arkansas star. The former Razorbacks quarterback was ordered to participate in NFL-sponsored substance-abuse counseling and random drug testing through the end of the football season, then return to Fayetteville to complete the intervention program, Judge Mary Ann Gunn said.

Gunn, who presides over the Washington County Drug Court, said at the time Jones could be bounced from the program if he failed a drug test or missed a counseling session. Jones said in court that he was "very committed" to completing the program and said he had passed random NFL-administered drug tests since his July 10 arrest.

The quarterback-turned-wide receiver stood with his parents in Gunn's courtroom, which was filled with drug offenders and treatment program graduates. He said he wanted to enter Gunn's program because "I want to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Monday's arrest could affect his agreement on last year's charge and also lead to further penalties from the NFL.


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