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Eureka weed shipped to NFL players house

Two and a half pounds of marijuana from Eureka landed at the Kentucky home of National Football League player Jerome Simpson of the Cincinnati Bengals Tuesday. State narcotics agents had been tracking the package after it was intercepted in Sacramento.

ABC News reports:

“The house was set up as a potential distribution network,” said Tommy LaNier, head of the National Marijuana Initiative, a group that is funded by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and helps coordinate marijuana enforcement operations around the United States.

“They had it all set up to receive supplies of high-grade marijuana from Northern California, and from there, it was being distributed from that residence,” he said.

In what might be an unrelated coincidence, Simpson’s teammate Rey Maualuga went to school at Eureka High and played for the Loggers.

  1. Ed
    September 21, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Oh Nnooo! How will we live it down?

  2. whudevah....
    September 21, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    yeah,…..coincidence. That said, whudevah…..how much of our tax revenue is going to fight weed….really?

  3. Anonymous
    September 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Simpson has averaged 22.5 yards per catch in his first 2 games of the season. Maybe he’s on to something.

  4. Anonymous
    September 21, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    I like how it says that the house was “set up” to receive “high grade” marijuana. Exactly what is done to “prepare” to receive a weed package? You just open the door and grab the package.

  5. Rockhouse
    September 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    The Niners would do well by shipping pot to the star players of upcoming opponents.

  6. SmokeMonster
    September 21, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Do your homework before throwing Rey out there,another former logger was on the team as well,since you want to assume,asshole.

  7. Farrell Broughton
    September 22, 2011 at 6:56 am

    putting Ray out there without any evidence is a little irresponsible at this time and if I were him I would smash the editor like an opposing running back. That being said, ANY package leaving Eureka going anywhere is suspect and was enough to alert authorities.

  8. Bolithio
    September 22, 2011 at 7:17 am

    2.5 lbs. Thats some distribution ring they busted up. Well spent tax money if you ask me.

  9. September 22, 2011 at 7:17 am

    y homework says that Rey actually has gotten in trouble in the past for socking his girlfriend and drunk driving. While he probably had nothing to do with this situation, Rey does not exactly
    have such a saintly impeccable reputation

  10. Fact Checker
    September 22, 2011 at 7:58 am

    How can the government oppress a guy who is supporting free enterprise and American commerce?

  11. Anonymous
    September 22, 2011 at 8:07 am

    None of the reports answer the key question; what is the preferred variety in the NFL?

  12. Anonymous
    September 22, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Wonder if he needs a new supplier??

  13. Anonymous
    September 22, 2011 at 8:15 am

    So Jerome, I’m guessing trainwreck or maybe some green crack? Probably not Mr. Nice or anything too Indica.

  14. September 22, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Rey is a celebrity now. He is fair game for all the publicity he gets from any source. Nothing to see in this post. Real disturbing shit will be written about Rey when and if his profile as an NFL player enhances. People in the real world media love to target the stars.

  15. skippy
    September 22, 2011 at 11:18 am

    What’s worse? Having your pass– or your marijuana package– intercepted as wide receiver?

    Simpson told police he lived at the residence and gave officers consent to search the premises. Oops. Investigators found 6 pounds of Humboldt pot inside Simpson’s home plus “packaging materials, scales, and smoking devices” in addition to the 2.5 pounds of California marijuana being delivered to the door. Ouch. Authorities detained Simpson (and Collins) but neither was arrested. The case will be addressed later today by the Kenton County Prosecutor’s Office and authorities are figuring out what agency could handle a possible prosecution. Any number of federal, local or state agencies in California or Kentucky could take over the case. California authorities routinely track marijuana packages but this is the first time a package has led to the home of an NFL player.

    Under NFL rules, Jerome Simpson could be subject to discipline under the league’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies. Violations of law when drugs are concerned would make Simpson subject to discipline under both policies. The worst case scenario is Simpson being arrested and facing a 1-5 year prison sentence— and Andre Caldwell replacing him as the Bengals’ No. 2 receiver. All this grief for $15K worth of the Emerald Triangle’s finest? Has another victim fallen into the sticky allure of Humboldt bud and its sweet resinous smell of easy money? Poor Jerome. When is enough… enough?

    Simpson reportedly earned $470,000 in base salary last year. His Bengal contract is signed through 2011.

    …Sorry kids, but when the pony dies– the ride is over.

  16. SmokeMonster
    September 22, 2011 at 11:22 am

    You are all idiots for assuming its Rey,and very irresponsible on Heraldos part,not like that’s anything new. There was a former logger that has been in more trouble than Rey ever has been in and was on the bengals as well.
    Rey will never be a star in the NFL,he’s mediocre in the NFL and a joke in real life,go look where his family lives,the kids are playing basketball on a broken hoop,he can’t even give back to the neighborhood that raised him,pathetic

    Please stay away from sports stories when you know nothing about sports

  17. SmokeMonster
    September 22, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Robash,DUI? A county supervisor has one of those. As far as punching his girlfriend,please share press releases showing this.

  18. Plain Jane
    September 22, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Congratulations on the Mielke nomination, Smokey.

  19. SmokeMonster
    September 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Let me guess Heraldo,you singled out Rey because he banged your high school sweetheart? I mean you can’t actually consider yourself a journalist with your consistent smearings as of late. You couldn’t even investigate this story,which isn’t rocket science to figure out and im willing to bet had 0% ties with Rey as opposed to the other Eurekan from that team

  20. Smart 5th Grader
    September 22, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Smokemonster. Breath in, breath out. It’s okay.

    Tips and Techniques for Getting Anger Under Control


  21. Smart 5th Grader
    September 22, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    breathe (oops)

  22. Plain Jane
    September 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Smokey’s getting a head start on next year’s “angriest blog commenter” contest. I heard Humbug won it this year and it really has Smokey steaming.

  23. High Finance
    September 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    No Smokemonster, Heraldo & the others have singled out Rey because they don’t like people who are successful & rich.

  24. neomoderate
    September 22, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Geez, Heraldo, this thing used to be fun to read. You’re sounding more and more like the Mirror. Personal attacks and unfounded speculation. Not funny, not informative, and bitter.

  25. Anonymous
    September 22, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Looks like straight reporting to me. With the Eureka angle.

  26. Anonymous
    September 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    SmokeMonster, this entire site is dedicated to unsubstantiated blabber. Normally, it blasts right wing figures like Rob Arkley. Today, it’s an insinuation about Rey. Think of Heraldo as a local Perez Hilton. It’s not intended to be serious.
    Dumb as a 1st Graded and Pathetic Jane would try to argue with you if you said the sky is blue. Don’t worry about them.

  27. Anonymous
    September 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Bet Rob was the seller…..

  28. September 22, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    Correction: it was ex -teammate Maurice Purify who got in trouble for socking a woman, who was not his girlfriend during a bar brawl .
    Malaluga was on probation for a while because he beat up some dudes at a party, when he was at USC.

  29. Anonymous
    September 22, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Wishful thinking…although this would probably just be another act from which he managed to profit and escape retribution. Speaking of criminal behavior vs. actually committing a punishable crime.

  30. Anonymous
    September 22, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    Last post in response to 5:23

  31. tra
    September 22, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I don’t really understand why the reference to Rey Maualugua was included. If there’s been no allegation of wrongdoing on his part, why bring up his name at all?

  32. Anonymous
    September 22, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I hope they go to prison for 18 months or so.

  33. Anonymous
    September 22, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Tra – it just seems a little too coincidental to not consider the Humboldt County connection, whether Rey or Mo. Both have historical connections (e.g. High School) with people in “the industry” and it’s not a huge stretch to reach the conclusion that one of the Eureka players might at least be a source of contact.

  34. Anonymous
    September 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    10 to 1 they’re supplying their team.

  35. tra
    September 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm


    Sure, it’s possible, but wouldn’t it be better to wait for some kind of evidence to emerge before bringing Rey’s name into it?

    I’m just saying, it seems kind of unfair to Rey.

  36. September 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    Before this story, the Humboldt Herald posted one other item involving the Cincinnati Bengals because a team member, Rey, played for the Loggers and was in the news for a DUI.

    Now here we were blogging again about a team 2,000 miles away because of a news story that connected it to Humboldt.

    The Herald has never featured a post about the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, or any other NFL team.

    As stated in the post, there may be no connection between a former Eureka resident playing for the Bengals and a shipment of pot to another member of the Bengals.

    But if there begins to be multiple stories connecting Eureka to the Pittsburgh Steelers, for example, we might make a note of it.

  37. September 23, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Post whatever you want Heraldo, you have my permission. Ha!

  38. SmokeMonster
    September 23, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Robash,glad to see how failing your original “homework” was and that you upped to it while naming an interesting person that even Geraldo was to ignorant to figure out. Shows how out of touch with the eureka streets some of you really are.

  39. Plain Jane
    September 23, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    The T-S also mentioned Rey in their coverage of this story.

    I should get a cat and stop ruffling Smokey’s feathers.

  40. Anonymous
    September 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Well I got the gist of it Smokey .The getting drunk and pounding on people has definitlely been part of his MO. Not saying he has anything to do with this situation but Rey in has hardly comported himself like an Eagle Scout in the past. If Rey wasn’t a football star Smoke Monster would be beside himself insisting that he was an incorrigable menace whoshould be locked up permanently.

  41. Anonymous
    September 23, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    The only reason that jock sniffer Smokey is turning on Purify is because he didn’t make it Big Leagues…

  42. tra
    September 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I think for the most part, the dialogue on our local blogs and in our local political discourse is actually fairly civil, at least compared to some of the colorful insult-fests that pass for political dialogue in some places.

    I mean Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was just recently caught on tape referring to German Chancellor Angela Merkel as “an unfuckable lardass.” (Which I think is pretty revealing in terms of Berlusconi’s crude and immature mindset).


    Just to be clear, I’m not actually suggesting that we accept Berlusoni’s conduct as the norm for civil dialogue — that would be setting the bar pretty low!

  43. September 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    that last comment was me btw..
    Jock sniffer Smokey only turned on Purify because he didn’t make it in the big leagues …

  44. SmokeMonster
    September 23, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Well rob,if I remember correctly rey was arrested for an assault at USC his freshman year within the first month being on campus and then no further run ins until his DUI.
    I’m glad you never made any mistakes at that age. To be implicated in an unrelated drug case 6/7 yrs later is a stretch.
    I think both players are garbage in football personally rob I never thought mo or rey would ever be stars,im not blinded by local loyalty.
    My main point was not to throw one under the bus while ignoring the other. BTW Rob do you know what kind of cars mo’s family drive vs Reys?

  45. Progtologist
    September 23, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Hey, chill out haters. Jerome Simpson just heard about Humboldt’s best “medicine” in the latest NC Journal and wanted to try some for his ailments. Hope it was grown with the “Holy Shit” fertilizer everyone is raving about…..

  46. September 23, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    So Smokey your measure of a person is what kind of car they drive??? that seems kind of shallow . I do happen to be long -term . acquainted with Maurice Purify’s mother . I believe She still works at St. Joe’s ICU
    Don’t know anything about her vehicular mode of transportation to and from her job , But she always seemed to be hard working ,contentious and honorable person doing a very difficult job to the very best of her abilities..
    To me she’s someone who exemplifies real character.regardless of what kind of car she is driving or if her kids sometimes act like knuckleheads….

  47. Anonymous
    September 23, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Robash – First of all, I don’t think you meant to say “contentious” in the previous post. Conscientious, I assume. Also, and about this I’m not sure, you may be referring to Soma Vainuku’s mother, not Mo’s. As I said, not sure about that. They may both work in the ICU at St. Joe’s. I guess you would know if you are well-acquainted.

  48. skippy
    September 24, 2011 at 11:27 am

    IT’S UNSPECIFIED which company handled shipment of the package but it reportedly wasn’t the Postal Service. The package was intercepted by law enforcement in Sacramento after being detected by a drug-sniffing dog. Its address label bore the name Jason Snider, not Jerome Simpson – and no return address was on the parcel. The Department of Justice is continuing to investigate who may have shipped the marijuana from Eureka. Local authorities in Kentucky are also conducting their own investigations. “We’re also following leads to determine who sent it. … It’s ongoing and we’ll update people when we know more,” officials said.

    TEAM MATE Anthony Collins has been cleared by Coach Marvin Lewis — and more importantly—a Kentucky prosecutor of any wrongdoing. Simpson hasn’t been so fortunate.

    “We’re still talking to people and figuring out what the best thing is for Jerome. Any decisions I make are going to be based on what people recommend is the best thing for him,” Lewis said. “He’s as anyone would be, caught in a situation like that. We have to continue to support him and help him that way. Unfortunately, it became more public than we expected it to be. But it is what it is.”

    SIMPSON was missing from the Bengals’ practice Thursday and Friday, but Collins participated with his teammates, including Eureka native Rey Maualuga, the team’s starting inside linebacker. Simpson is listed as questionable on the Bengals’ injury report; there’s a chance he plays Sunday when Cincinnati hosts San Francisco. Now being in the headlines and making him one of the Bengal’s most followed players, Simpson has since shut down his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

    SINCE 2000, 35 Bengals have been arrested for offenses more serious than just traffic violations, and not including this most recent incident with Simpson and Collins. While some feel it’s simply the “Bengals being Bengals,” others believe 35 arrests represents the total mess the Bengals organization has become under owner Mike Brown’s stewardship.

    IN AUGUST, a similar situation occurred in NASCAR racing. Two members of the Earnhardt-Ganassi team including Jerome “J.D.” Frey, a mechanic and part time racer from Ferndale, were charged in connection with 10.5 pounds of marijuana shipped from California to North Carolina. Frey, 27, is charged with trafficking marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver, and maintaining a dwelling to distribute marijuana. All are felony counts. Frey was consequently suspended, and then fired, from the NASCAR organization.

    THE ALLURE of Humboldt’s infamous Sweet and Sticky seems just too powerful for some. No wonder they call it… Headband and Trainwreck.

    (Thadeus Greenson, Redheaded Blackbelt, Humboldt Beacon, CBS news, and Bleacher Report contributed to this piece)

  49. September 24, 2011 at 11:58 am

    99 percent of those rich pampered overgrown overpaid jock babies who get lionized and compensated way out of proportion to their actual worth to society simply because they excel at a kiddie game would last 15 minutes working in an ICU..

  50. SmokeMonster
    September 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    Rob is Jeff L posting as you now?

  51. SmokeMonster
    September 24, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Nice post Skippy,thanks.

    I’m surprised Heraldo wasn’t all over this story……lmao

  52. Anonymous
    December 24, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Who cares? Its a medicine

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