September 30, 2005

Former NFL back Timmy Smith faces drug charges

DENVER (Reuters) - Former NFL running back Timmy Smith, who
holds a Super Bowl rushing record, was arrested on Friday after
selling cocaine to an undercover agent, the U.S. Drug
Enforcement Administration said.

As agents moved in with guns drawn, Smith, 41, fled in a
sport utility vehicle, but he was caught 20 minutes later by
police, supervisory agent Jeff Walsh told reporters.

Smith, a former Washington Redskins running back, is best
remembered for rushing for a record 204 yards in the 1988 Super
Bowl in a 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos.

More recently, Smith has worked as a security guard at a
juvenile correctional facility in the Denver area.

Jeffrey Sweetin, DEA special agent in charge of the Rocky
Mountain Division, said Smith had been under investigation
since April and had sold cocaine with an estimated street value
of $37,000 to undercover officers in the Denver area on seven

About $100,000 in assets and 1,300 grams (46 ounces) of
cocaine were seized from Smith and his brother Chris Smith, 35,
he said.

The pair are expected to be in federal court on Monday. If
convicted, they face a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and
a minimum of 10 years in prison, Sweetin said.

On Friday, Timmy Smith sold half a kilogram (1.1 pounds) of
cocaine to an undercover agent in a Denver-area restaurant
parking lot, Sweetin said. Chris Smith, about two blocks away,
provided it to his brother minutes before and was arrested
without incident, he said.

Timmy Smith had no previous drug-related arrests.