WESTMINSTER -- Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was charged by
prosecutors Tuesday with an additional count of attempting to possess cocaine as
part of his pending federal drug conspiracy trial in a common procedural move,
according to the Associated Press.
Lewis, 25, already faces charges of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms of cocaine and using a cellular phone in violation of federal law. He has been assigned a Nov. 1 court date, has pleaded not guilty and is free on a $500,000 bond.
"This is something that we can't control or Jamal can control at this time," Ravens senior vice president of public relations Kevin Byrne said. "There is a due process and he will get his day in court. Like we've said before, there are two sides to every story."
The charges were part of a superseding indictment released by the Department of Justice, according to the report, in a typical strategic move executed by prosecutors in complicated cases. The new charge stems from the same surveillance tapes recorded by a government informant that were used to file the initial charges, not new evidence.
Initially, Lewis' co-defendant Angelo "Pero" Jackson, a childhood friend, was charged with attempted cocaine possession. Now, both have been charged.
"This is not big news for us," Ed Garland, Lewis' lawyer, told the Associated Press, adding that he wasn't concerned or surprised by the new charge.
Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times