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Maroney is among five arrested

By Monique Walker
Globe Staff / January 19, 2011

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Former Patriots running back Laurence Maroney was arrested Monday night in St. Louis after police found weapons and drugs in a car he was riding in.

Jane Higgins, Maroney’s publicist, confirmed that Maroney was arrested on a weapons allegation but denied that there were drug charges against him.

“He holds a permit to carry a concealed weapon,’’ Higgins said. “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.’’

Maroney, who was traded from the Patriots to the Denver Broncos days after the 2010 season opener, was among five people St. Louis police said were riding in an Infiniti Q56 and in possession of marijuana. The Infiniti was one of two cars pulled over by officers who suspected persons in the vehicles were smoking marijuana.

Inside the Infiniti, officers found a .45-caliber handgun, a 9mm pistol, a .223-caliber rifle, and a substance believed to be marijuana. Five of six occupants inside the Infiniti were arrested and released pending application of warrants.

There were no formal charges, but three men were accused of unlawful use of a weapon. Any formal charges could take up to a month to be filed.

While Maroney may have a valid permit, police spokeswoman Erica Van Ross said state law prohibits possessing a gun while under the influence of drugs.

Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth said, “We’re aware of the matter but have no additional comment at this time.’’

Maroney, 25, had a rough season in Denver as he played in just four games and gained 74 yards on 36 carries. He battled injuries and was inactive for the final eight games of the season. He is in the last year of his contract.

Maroney was a first-round pick by the Patriots in 2006 out of the University of Minnesota, but didn’t quite take off with them. The Patriots received a fourth-round pick for Maroney in the September trade.

Seven up Wide receiver Buddy Farnham, a Massachusetts native, was among seven players the Patriots signed from the practice squad to the offseason roster yesterday. Tight end Carson Butler, quarterback Jonathan Crompton, defensive lineman Marlon Favorite, wide receiver Darnell Jenkins, cornerback Thad Turner, and defensive back Ross Ventrone were all signed to future contracts. Farnham, who grew up in Andover and went to Brown, originally was signed to the practice squad as a rookie free agent in May. He was re-signed to the practice squad in December after the team released him Sept. 4.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report; Monique Walker can be reached at mwalker@globe.com.

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