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Cops: NFL Star Was High on Drugs, Carrying Gun

1/18/2011 1:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Denver Broncos running back Laurence Maroney was high on drugs AND in possession of a firearm when cops arrested him in St. Louis last night ... this according to law enforcement.

Laurence Maroney Arrested

The St. Louis PD tells TMZ ... 25-year-old Maroney was arrested for possession of marijuana and unlawful use of a weapon.

Cops say while Maroney has a valid "Conceal and Carry" permit -- he was arrested for packing the gun while under the influence of drugs.

Maroney was in a car with 5 other people late Monday night when cops say they observed "several occupants" of the vehicle smoking what was believed to be marijuana.

Five of the six people in the car were arrested and three firearms were discovered during the bust ... including two handguns and a rifle. It's unclear which gun cops have associated with Maroney. 

Maroney's rep had released a statement saying, "Mr. Maroney was unlawfully arrested for possession of weapons. He holds a permit to carry a concealed weapon and he had his permit on his person when he was arrested."

The rep added, "He was not arrested for any drugs nor was he involved in a high speed chase. He was released without being charged with any offense and we do not anticipate he will be charged with any criminal offense."

UPDATE: The Broncos tell TMZ they know about Maroney's arrest but have no comment for now.

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Lunchbox    

The day after the celebration of a great African American man, comes along this disgrace to his race... a man making millions of dollars a year feels the need to carry around a gun. The "gangsta" mentality of todays African American community is a disgrace to Dr Kings Legacy

1343 days ago
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Miss Mary    

So what - the dude smokes a little weed...

1343 days ago
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Lovesausage    

What a shock, I don't believe it.

1343 days ago
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Sonja    

Yeah right, so it's perfectly fine.. no ... it's a God given RIGHT for the entire Tea Party to carry around guns but not this guy? Wake up, he had a permit and he had it on him...the occupants of the car were smoking 'what was believed to be marijuana'? Either it was or it wasn't.. I guess you also missed the part about him NOT be charged. LOL

1343 days ago
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KarolbKelly    

This guy is clearly an idiot, drugs and weapon don't mix, it is a recipe for disaster, for example "Jason Williams". Clearly, making millions means nothing to him, someone please take charge of this kid before he loses his freedom.

1343 days ago
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Mary    

I'm sure he offered the information that he was carrying a gun when the police pulled him over??? Unless he had been threatened I don't know what reason he would have to carry a gun with him. This is how senseless killings happen. I guess because he's famous he feels he has the right to carry a gun and drive around with people smoking weed and should not be held accountable.

1343 days ago
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artie help    

lunchbox, relax, go back to your white ivory tower and have a smokey smoke.

1343 days ago
8.

Steelerchick    

He's just pissed his team didn't and will never make it to the Superbowl!!!
Go Steelers!!!!!!!

1343 days ago
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HARRY NIPPLES, Jr.    

... just another low life AfAm thug wannabe destined for the penal population after a failed career in sports.

1343 days ago
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frankie    

Im sure someway in the end the white man will get the blame for this JIVE ASS fools problems .

1343 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

hey the season is over and he wants to party some..big deal..if this had been tom brady he would have walked

1343 days ago
12.

BSweet    

OMG. Marijuana???? Oh, that's illegal. Shame. Shame on you!

JK

1343 days ago
13.

DM    

GO BEARS!

1343 days ago
14.

Kàt    

Nail his ass! What's with these players? Ah.......that's it, they figure they are just players. They do not realize how good they have it. Making his mama pround...

1343 days ago
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Deborah    

As a Boston fan, I am really disappointed in this guy. He was always squeaky clean when he was a Patriot. So unnecessary. I think his mother would be very disappointed in him as well. However, somone earlier commented that he had a permit to carry - that is true but the permit becomes null if you are under the influence. So as soon as a Tea Partier is under the influence, they lose their right to carry as well.

1343 days ago
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