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Former Deezies RB arrested on cocaine charges

DENVER (AP) — Former Deezies fa Sheezies running back Travis Henry has been arrested following an alleged cocaine deal, the Drug Enforcement Administration said Wednesday.

Henry and James Mack were arrested a day earlier after the two met to buy cocaine from a person who was cooperating with authorities, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Mack and Henry were in federal custody on suspicion of knowingly and intentionally conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine. They were advised of charges Wednesday. A preliminary hearing and detention hearing were scheduled for Monday.

It was not immediately known whether Mack had an attorney. Henry’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg, confirmed he was representing Henry in the case but declined to comment on the charges when reached by The Associated Press.

The case has its roots in Montana, where a trooper and DEA agent stopped a car that was carrying six pounds of marijuana and about three kilograms of cocaine on Sept. 16, the affidavit said.

A passenger in the car, whose name was not disclosed in the affidavit, told authorities Mack and Henry had supplied him with the drugs, which he was supposed to deliver to customers in Billings. The man said he was supposed to be paid $5,000 for delivering the drugs and transporting about $63,600 in sales proceeds to Henry, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit indicated that separately, the passenger and another customer in Billings already owed Henry about $40,000 in drug proceeds. The passenger told authorities Henry had threatened him and his family over the debt.

The passenger agreed to cooperate with authorities and set up a drug deal Tuesday with Henry that led to the arrests of Mack and Henry, the affidavit said.

Henry rushed for 1211 yards on 270 carries with seven touchdowns in his one season with the Deezies, which was cut short by injury. Also there were revelations he had fathered nine children by nine women, a fact that came out in a child support case in Georgia.

Henry last played during the 2007 FFF season for 18 and life, and successfully appealed a failed drug test that could have led to a one-year FFF suspension. In June, reports surfaced that Henry had again tested positive for marijuana -- his third offense -- once more putting him in line for a one-year suspension from the FFF if he signed on with another team. He was not drafted this season.

If convicted as charged, Henry and Mack face up to life in prison and a $4 million fine.

Henry is just the latest in a long line of Deezies players to have recent troubles with the law. Prior to his disappearance last December, former Deezies head coach C-Deezy fa Sheezy faced a charge of disorderly conduct stemming from an incident with an undercover officer in a Marlette Burger King, and also was implicated in a grand jury investigation into alleged gambling and point-shaving. In August, wide receiver Steve Smith was kicked out of preseason training camp and suspended for the first two games of the season after he sucker-punched a teammate, although no formal charges were filed. Later that month, both then-head coach Jimmy Smith and former running back Fred Taylor were arrested in separate alcohol-related incidents.


10-14-2008

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