Mike Goodson's drug and weapons case sent to Grand Jury

Jets running back Mike Goodson wipes the sweat Jets running back Mike Goodson wipes the sweat off his head during practice in Florham Park. (May 30, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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MORRISTOWN, N.J. - Jets running back Mike Goodson's criminal case, second-degree charges for possession of a firearm, marijuana possession and drug paraphernalia, was sent to a Grand Jury following his brief appearance Wednesday in Morris County Superior Court.

Neither Goodson nor Al Gellena, the attorney who appeared with him, would comment, but Morris County assistant prosecutor Peter Foy confirmed there was no change in the charges, which carry a 5-to-10-year sentence if Goodson is convicted.

Goodson, 26, who earlier pleaded not guilty plea following the May 17 arrest, did not speak during Wednesday's proceedings, which lasted less than a minute before Judge Mary Gibbons Whipple. Goodson was a passenger in a car, driven by Garant Evans, when police found the car stopped on Interstate 80 in New Jersey at approximately 3 a.m. and reported that both men were severely intoxicated.

Police have said they have not yet determined the ownership of the loaded 45-caliber semi-automatic weapon found in the car with hollow-point bullets. Evans, who faces the same charges as Goodson, appeared with Goodson in court Wednesday. Foy would not comment on the status of the gun ownership investigation.

Woodson, a four-year NFL veteran previously with the Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders, signed a three-year, $6.9-million contract as a free agent with the Jets in March.

With both Goodson and Evans awaiting a Grand Jury investigation, there is no date set for a future court appearance.

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