NFL star, former Alabama standout arrested for spice possession

Marcell Dareus

Officials with the Alabama Department of Transportation confirmed to that on Monday night May 5 at approximately 8:30 p.m., an Alabama State Trooper stopped a vehicle for speeding on Interstate 20 at Exit 210, in Cleburne County.

After further investigation, the trooper arrested the driver, Marcell Dareus, 24, for felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dareus was placed in the Cleburne County Jail and released a short time later on a $3,000 bond.

This is the first major problem for Dareus since he arrived in the league four years ago. Dareus did have some trouble near the end of the 2013 season. The pro bowler and current Buffalo Bills Defensive lineman, was forced to sit out of a game for one quarter during the 2013-14 NFL season after a violation of team rules.

A day after that game, Dareus violated team rules again and was forced to sit out the entire first half for the next game. The discipline came after Dareus had reportedly been tardy to team meetings and practices.

Dareus was a member of the 2009 Alabama National Championship team. He was later drafted third overall in the 2011 NFL draft.


On Saturday, May 3, a law enforcement officer told FOX10 News that friends reported a McIntosh High School football player was on spice when he was shot and killed by his father.

Deputies said 17-year-old Darius Adams got home about 2 a.m. and was acting strangely so his father reportedly went to get a pistol to scare him. “Not a good pistol just a cheap pistol. When he comes back, he says he wanted to try to scare the boy and he cocked the pistol. Whether he was holding his finger on the trigger, I don’t know but the gun he says went off and shot him,” said Sheriff Stringer. Darius was shot in the stomach and life flighted to a Mobile hospital where he died.

The case is being handed over to a grand jury.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is scheduled to hold a press conference on Wednesday, May 7 to address what law enforcement in Mobile, Ala. are calling a “spice epidemic”. The discussion will cover a national synthetic drug take-down in Alabama involving over 35 state, local and federal agencies.

Dareus was a member of the 2010 Alabama National Championship team. He went on to become drafted third overall in the 2011 draft.

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