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By PFW staff

Article first posted July 5, 2010 @ 7:11 p.m. ET

The Monday arrest of former Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell for possession of a controlled substance stemmed from a two-month undercover investigation that could produce more arrests, authorities in Mobile, Ala., said Tuesday.

Mobile County Sheriff's spokeswoman Lori Myles said the 24-year-old former LSU star was arrested Monday afternoon at his home and was charged with possession of codeine syrup without a prescription. Myles said that Russell wasn't the target of the investigation but his name and address surfaced several times during the investigation.

After being booked into the Mobile jail, Russell was released on a $2,500 bond Monday.

Authorities will conduct forensic tests to determine the amount of codeine syrup in Russell's possession. Myles said that police wouldn't reveal whether they believe Russell was dealing the drug, which can be used to make "purple drank," a concoction made up of codeine syrup, soda and Jolly Rancher candy.

The former No. 1 overall draft choice is a free agent after the Raiders released him May 6. Although his three-year NFL career has been very disappointing, several teams had expressed interest in him prior to his arrest.


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