posted on Feb, 25 2004 @ 06:19 PM
Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis, who had the second-highest rushing total in NFL history last season, was indicted Wednesday on federal drug
The Atlanta native is accused of helping arrange a drug deal involving coc aine in the summer of 2000, U.S. Attorney William S. Duffey said.
Lewis was expected to turn himself in Thursday, the prosecutor said.
Lewis is charged with conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute 5 kilograms of coc aine and using a cell phone in the commission of the
first count, Duffey said.
The indictment came out of a drug investigation that has led to 30 convictions and helped dismantle a coc aine-trafficking ring in the city,
Duffey said. He refused to say whether Lewis was tied to that drug ring.
"The cooperating source told Lewis that he/she was willing to sell the narcotics to Lewis' associates for a price that Lewis can tax" meaning the
price could be marked up for a profit, Mahaley said in the affidavit."And Lewis responded 'Yeah,'" the agent said.
A Ravens spokesman, Chad Steele, said the indictment came as a surprise to the team.
"We had no clue," Steele said. He said Lewis was in Florida on Wednesday and that the team would issue a statement later.
Two years ago Lewis was suspended four games by the NFL for a repeat violation of the league's substance abuse policy. He was on injured reserve and
out for the entire season when he was suspended.