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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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31.

LetsRumba    

Here's a thug, our corrupt entertainment corporations pay millions to for chasing a ball down the field, he's extremely lucky, and here's how he repays the favor. His entertainment handlers don't care - they just use him and us. Suckers one and all.

1374 days ago
32.

Fredo    

Shannon....good call! I wonder what DID ever happen to Warren Moon the wife beater......

1374 days ago
33.

Reggie    

Another wanna-be gangsta. Who'd have thought? JERK

1374 days ago
34.

Lewy    

I just can't figure it out. Why would he do this? He's so ... so ... so intelligent looking.

1374 days ago
35.

anony    

Hey, Plaxico--get his bunk ready!

1374 days ago
36.

Tammy    

I think EVERY African American man should have a conceal and carry premit. Good for you, Laurence!! Hopefully, you will be an example b/c with cops and racists, black men need protection.

1374 days ago
37.

mrevil    

...and that's how we roll in the STL baby...haha

1374 days ago
38.

Janet    

Dude's a ball player people! What's new?

1374 days ago
39.

Mike    

Larry,You never should have left Minnesota !!!!

1374 days ago
40.

NickSunset    

High and packing a gun,thats my boy. "Cats in the Cradle" "you grew up just like me son."

1374 days ago
41.

R.Zimmerman    

That's crazy talk!

1374 days ago
42.

Nunya    

Welcome to the Broncos, John Fox!! Lets see how you handle this one...

1374 days ago
43.

Okie    

I agree with Lunchbox. I know too many African Americans who have worked very hard to overcome hurdles in life and have a respectable life only to have soooo many others make things even more difficult by being lazy, good for nothing thugs and gangsta's like this idiot.

1374 days ago
44.

Melissa    

Suspend him. That is not the way for a public figure to act. Flippin idiot!

1374 days ago
45.

Dalibor    

let him be. He was smoking some weet which should be legal anyhow. Stupid article.

GO BEARS!

1374 days ago
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