Former NFL player arrested on drug charges

9 May

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Former NFL player Mack Herron is in police custody after being charged with heroin possession in Chicago.

The 62-year-old played for the New England Patriots in the 1970s and Kansas State before that. The team’s web site says he set a 1974 NFL record with 2,444 all-purpose yards, shattering a 1966 record held by Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers.

Chicago police say they spotted Herron on Friday near an abandoned building with a tinfoil packet containing heroin. They say Herron has been arrested some 20 times and served jail time, mainly on drug convictions.

During his latest stint, Herron had a fifth of a gram of heroin on his person, Chicago police said. Herron was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. His bond hearing was held on Saturday.

Bail was set at $25,000.

No phone listing for Herron could be found Sunday.

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