NFL offensive tackle Greg Robinson and former NFL wide receiver Jaquan Bray were arrested after US Border Patrol found 157 pounds of marijuana in their rental car Monday night.
The pair have been jailed in West Texas.
A federal criminal complaint accuses them of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
Robinson was the No. 2 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and was set to become a free agent in the upcoming offseason after his one-year deal with the Cleveland Browns expired. He started eight games at left tackle during the 2018 season, earning him a one-year deal for last season.
Despite Cleveland’s disappointing 6-10 campaign, Robinson started 14 of the Browns’ 16 games. The team had no intention of re-signing Robinson, according to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
Robinson and Bray played together at Auburn. Bray played portions of three NFL seasons with Indianapolis between 2015 and 2017, mainly returning kicks and punts. He caught six passes as a wide receiver.
The duo was approaching the Sierra Blanca Checkpoint Station when a border patrol canine unit alerted federal agents to the vehicle, according to a news release from the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas.
“A subsequent inspection of the vehicle by agents revealed the presence of approximately 157 pounds of marijuana inside several large duffle bags in the rear cargo area,” the release said.
An Uber driver had driven most of the way in Robinson and Bray’s rented vehicle, but Robinson had instructed Bray to drive once the trio reached El Paso. Robinson reportedly told the Uber driver he would pay them to claim the marijuana, but the driver refused.
Robinson has made $29 million during his six-year NFL career. Bray made $1.3 million in his career. He is currently a wide receiver for the Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League.
The pair could spend up to 20 years in federal prison, if convicted.