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Jaguars WR Matt Jones Arrested on Cocaine Charges in Arkansas

1:14 PM, Jul 10, 2008   |    comments
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FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones has been arrested on cocaine charges in Arkansas.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office says officers arrested Jones and two other men as they sat in a Toyota 4Runner in an unlit parking lot in a known drug area.

The preliminary arrest report shows an officer saw Jones sitting in the back seat of the car with a white card with a white powdery substance on it, and a credit card in his other hand.

The officer said he opened the door and asked Jones to "put his hands where he could see them."

Authorities say Jones didn't comply right away and hid his left hand.  The officer drew his gun and ordered Jones out of the vehicle.  Jones got out and the officer put him in handcuffs.

A second officer placed the other two men under arrest.  They're identified as Benjamin Cook, 26, and Jared Hicks, 25.

Jones is charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.  Cook and Hicks face misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Jones is entering his 4th season with the Jaguars.  He was the 21st overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.

Since making the transition from college quarterback to NFL wide receiver, Jones' career in Jacksonville has mostly been a disappointment.

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