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Jets' Mike Goodson facing drug, weapons charges

Oakland Raiders running back Mike Goodson warms up

Oakland Raiders running back Mike Goodson warms up before an NFL game against the Carolina Panthers. (Dec. 23, 2012) Credit: AP

Jets running back Mike Goodson was arrested and charged with drug and weapons possession early Friday morning in New Jersey, according to New Jersey state police spokesman Brian Polite.

Goodson, 25, was in the passenger seat of a gray GMC Yukon that was stopped in the center-left lane on Interstate 80 in Denville, N.J., at about 3:20 a.m., according to the police report. Also in the vehicle was the driver, Garant Evans, 31, of Roselle, N.J. State troopers, responding to a 911 call made by a tow-truck driver at the scene, noticed a "strong odor" of marijuana coming from the vehicle, police said.

Troopers also found a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun -- loaded with hollow-point bullets -- inside the SUV, police said. Both Goodson and Evans denied owning the gun.

Evans was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. Goodson, who was born in Irvington, N.J., was found with "a small amount'' of marijuana on his person before being taken to a local hospital for evaluation, police said. Upon his release, Goodson was booked at Netcong State Police barracks.

Both men were charged with possession of marijuana (under 50 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a handgun, possession of a loaded handgun and possession of hollow-point ammunition. Evans also was charged with possession of a weapon by persons prohibited because of a prior felony conviction. Bail for Goodson was set at $50,000. Evans' bail was set at $150,000.

The Jets signed Goodson to a three-year, $6.9-million free-agent deal in March, and he had been expected to compete for playing time with Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight. Goodson rushed for 221 yards on 35 carries and caught 16 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown for the Oakland Raiders in 2012.

A Jets team spokesman said: "This is a pending legal matter. There will be no further comment until the legal process has run its course.'' NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league will review Goodson's situation for "potential discipline once the court has determined the facts.''

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