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Laurence Maroney arrested, released in St. Louis | ksdk.com | St. Louis, MO
Thoughts on Maroney and on his arrest?St. Louis (KSDK) -- NFL running back and St. Louis native Laurence Maroney is free Tuesday morning after being pulled over and taken into police custody last night, according to his attorney Vanessa Antoniou.
Antoniou said her client was in a vehicle that was pulled over on Grand Boulevard near Chaifetz Arena around 10:30 p.m.
St. Louis police said three vehicles were circling the arena and causing traffic to slow and several people inside the vehicles were spotted smoking what was believed to be marijuana. Officers pulled over two of the vehicles, but the third left the scene.
Police said inside one of the vehicles were six people, three guns and a substance believed to be marijuana. Five of the six people inside the vehicle were arrested. Two were arrested on possession of marijuana. Three others were arrested on possession of marijuana and unlawful use of a weapon.
Police are not identifying anyone inside the vehicle, because no charges have been filed, but police sources tell NewsChannel 5 that Maroney was in the vehicle. The report says a 25-year-old (same age as Maroney) had a valid conceal and carry permit in the vehicle but was arrested for possessing a firearm while under the influence of drugs.
Maroney's publicist, Jane Higgins, confirms that her client was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm, because he was not carrying his conceal and carry permit with him. She denies claims that Maroney was in possession of marijuana. Higgins tells KSDK that Maroney feels police made a mistake.
Maroney was a first-round pick in 2006 for the New England Patriots and was traded to the Broncos in 2010. Maroney graduated from Normandy High School.
Police said five people and a gun were found in the second vehicle. A 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a weapon.
No charges have been filed in the case.
NewsChannel 5 and KSDK.COM do not normally name anyone who has been arrested and not charged, but we believe it is appropriate because Maroney is a public figure.