Jolly Jailed On Narcotics Charges

Houston police allegedly found a bottle containing 600 grams of liquid codeine inside Johnny Jolly's SUV. It's the same drug that landed Jolly an indefinite suspension from the NFL.

Instead of training for a hoped-for NFL comeback, Green Bay Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly was spending his Friday night in a Houston jail after being arrested and held without bail on narcotics charges.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Houston police officers pulled alongside Jolly's vehicle at 12:45 a.m. Friday to cite him for having overly tinted windows on his Cadillac Escalade. According to a police spokesman, the officers could not see inside the vehicle, giving them probable cause to step up their investigation.

Jolly handed an officer a Texas identification card instead of his driver's license, which had been suspended in 2007.

The officers then saw a bottle containing about 600 grams of codeine under the passenger seat. A second bottle with an unknown substance was sent to a lab for investigation.

Jolly was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. A passenger was released at the scene and not charged.

Jolly was suspended indefinitely by the NFL and missed the 2010 season after being charged with illegal possession of more than 200 grams of codeine following his arrest in 2008. In August, Jolly agreed to a deal that would have cleared his record after one year if he completed 160 hours of community service, passed monthly drug and alcohol tests, and kept out of trouble.

Jolly had not been reinstated by the league. During the owners meetings in New Orleans earlier in the week, coach Mike McCarthy told the Green Bay Press-Gazette that Jolly was "definitely" in the team's plans, though he backed off that strong statement by adding "we'll see what happens."

To that end, Jolly had been training with former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell. It was an interesting choice of training partners for a player who would need to win over commissioner Roger Goodell. In July 2010, Russell was arrested for possession of codeine, though he was never charged. On ESPN's "Outside the Lines" a month later, Russell admitted to failing a drug test because of his use of codeine.

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