Biggs: Jolly faces drug charges again

Johnny Jolly is facing felony drug charges once again.

A Harris County (Texas) grand jury indicted the Green Bay Packers defensive end Tuesday for possessing 200 to 400 grams of codeine. It is the second time the charges have been brought against him, and if convicted the second-degree felony would bring with it a sentence of two to 20 years behind bars.

“I’m innocent,” Jolly told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about the matter in June after it originally came to light. The district attorney’s office dropped charges against Jolly five months ago, per Greg Bedard of the Milkwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Jolly was arrested in July 2008 after police officers smelled codeine in a soda bottle and two cups in his vehicle. He was arrested along with two others, but the report states that under the Controlled Substances Act, authorities must prove Jolly knew of the drug’s presence and exercised some control over it.

Jolly will be a free agent following the season if there is an extension of the collective bargaining agreement. Otherwise, the Packers will control his rights as a restricted free agent.

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