Denver Broncos RB Laurence Maroney linked to incident involving guns, marijuana

9:02 PM, Jan 18, 2011   |    comments
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"It's definitely a difficult situation right now for me, especially when I had a good reputation of doing good for the community and something like this come out. It's just one of those situations where you got to learn from and deal with it," Maroney said on Tuesday. "It's one of those where nobody's wrong in this case. Police are just doing their job going through the proper procedures. It's just doing what they have to do and I just want to move on from this, just move forward."

St. Louis Police say the arrests happened at 10:30 p.m. Monday, when officers spotted three vehicles circling the Chaifetz Arena, on the Saint Louis University campus. They say the vehicles were causing traffic to slow down when people inside the vehicles kept stopping to talk to people on the street.

Police say they noticed a number of the people inside the three vehicles smoking what they believed to be marijuana. That's when they stopped two of the vehicles, but they say a third vehicle drove off and was not found.

According to police, one of the cars, an Infiniti Q56, was pulled over at the corner of N. Grand Boulevard and Cass Avenue. Inside this car, police say they found six people, three weapons (a .45 caliber, a 9MM and a .223 rifle) and what they believed was marijuana.

Police arrested five of the six people in the car and later released them pending the application of warrants.

According to police, they arrested a 27-year-old man and a 22-year-old man for possession of marijuana. They also arrested two 25-year-old men and a 26-year-old man for possession of marijuana and unlawful use of a weapon.

Police say one of the 25-year-old men had a valid conceal and carry permit, but was arrested for possession a firearm while under the influence of drugs.

A crime lab is scheduled to test the substance believed to be marijuana and police say it could take up to 30 days for application of warrants.

No names were released by police.

Jane Higgins, a publicist for Maroney, 25, says the Broncos running back was involved in the incident Monday night, but she released a different account of the events. Higgins says Maroney was on his way to a concert in his hometown when he was pulled over by a St. Louis police officer. She says the officer was investigating a crime involving another car.

Higgins says Maroney told the officer he did not know anything about the other vehicle. The officer asked to search Maroney's car and found a gun. Maroney was taken into custody.

Higgins says Maroney told the officer about the gun before the search and says the running back has a license for the weapon. Higgins says Maroney was released without charges.

"I don't have all the facts yet, but I do know Laurence," Higgins said. "I have worked as his publicist for five years. I know his mother. This young man is not a liar and he is a good kid. From hearing him and what he told me... this was an unfortunate mistake. He's a good kid."

She says Maroney was in St. Louis to visit his mother who still lives there.

Police say there were five people inside the second vehicle, a GMC Yukon, which was stopped in the 3600 block of Cass Avenue. One weapon, a Glock, was found and a 28-year-old man was arrested on a charge of felon in possession of a weapon.

Maroney was originally drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2006 draft. In September 2010 he was traded to the Denver Broncos after largely being a disappointment for the Patriots due to injuries and ineffectiveness.

Maroney's arrest was the fifth for the Broncos since the beginning of the 2010 season.

Linebacker D.J. Williams was arrested in October on suspicion of DUI. Linebacker Elvis Dumervil was arrested in October on charges of assault and disturbing the peace. Cornerback Perrish Cox was arrested in December on charges of sexual assault. Linebacker Kevin Alexander was arrested in December for assault and battery.

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