Cleburne County, AL, United States (4E Sports) – Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus was arrested Monday in Alabama for felony possession of a controlled substance and possession or drug paraphernalia.
Dareus was held for about 30 minutes and released, according to a spokeswoman for the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the Alabama Department of Public Safety (ADPS), Dareus was stopped at 8:30 p.m. Monday by an Alabama state trooper for speeding on Interstate 20 in Cleburne County.
“After investigating further, the trooper arrested the driver, Marcell Dareus, for felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dareus was placed in the Cleburne County Jail,” the ADPS said.
A source said Dareus was in possession of synthetic marijuana, otherwise known as “spice”, which is popular in part because it can not be detected by standard drug tests.
The arrest is the latest in a troubling series of Dareus’ missteps that dates to the end of the 2013 season, when he was suspended for a portion of each of the Bills’ final two games, both times for showing up late to team meetings.
Dareus, the third overall pick in the 2011 draft, had the best season of his career in 2013, finishing with 71 tackles and 7.5 sacks. He’s scheduled to earn a little less than $3.2 million in base salary this coming season, and count $6.5 million against the team’s salary cap.
The Bills last month picked up the fifth-year option on Dareus’ rookie contract, potentially keeping him with the team through the 2015 season.
“All we know right now is what we have seen in media reports and we will continue to look into this,” the Bills said in a statement.