November 7, 2005

Ex-NFL player Smith says innocent in drug case

By Keith Coffman

DENVER (Reuters) - Former NFL running back Timmy Smith
pleaded not guilty on Monday to cocaine trafficking charges in
U.S. District Court.

Smith, 41, who ran for a Super Bowl record 204 yards to
help the Washington Redskins beat the Denver Broncos in 1988,
was arrested September 30 along with his brother, Christopher,
and charged with selling $37,600 worth of cocaine to federal
undercover agents.

At a brief hearing before U.S. Magistrate Craig Shaffer,
Timmy Smith entered a not guilty plea through his attorney to
nine counts related to alleged cocaine trafficking.

Federal prosecutors said Timmy and Christopher, 35, sold
the cocaine to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration undercover
agents between April and September.

Timmy Smith last played for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1990
season. At the time of his arrest, he was working as a security
guard at a Denver juvenile correctional facility.

Christopher Smith, who faces six counts, was also in court
and pleaded not guilty as well. Both men are free on $15,000
bail each.

As agents moved in to make the arrest at a parking lot of a
Denver-area restaurant, authorities say Timmy Smith fled in a
sport utility vehicle but was apprehended by police 20 minutes
later. Christopher Smith was arrested at the parking lot
without incident.

Neither the brothers nor their lawyers would comment after
the hearing. If convicted, both men face up to 20 years in
prison on each count and $1 million in fines.

A tentative trial date has been set for January 9.