Houston Texans receiver Jaelen Strong was traveling in an automobile driven by Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall when Strong was arrested Sunday night for possession of marijuana, according to the Scottsdale, Ariz., police department.
Strong admitted to officers that he was in possession of marijuana without a medical card and provided a cigar package containing three marijuana cigarettes. Randall and another passenger, Brayon Colley, were questioned and then released at the scene.
The traffic stop was conducted at approximately 11:59 p.m. in the area of 5th Avenue and Drinkwater Boulevard in Scottsdale after officers observed that the black Maserati the three were traveling in had no visible license plates.
After coming into contact with the driver (Randall), officers detected the "strong" odor of marijuana coming from the inside of the vehicle, according to police. Strong was arrested for marijuana possession and booked into the Scottsdale City Jail before being released pending charging with Maricopa County Superior Court.
Randall and Strong were teammates at Arizona State from 2012-14. Both players were taken in the 2015 NFL draft with the Packers selecting Randall in the first round (30th overall) and Strong going in the third round (70th overall) to the Texans.
Strong, 22, finished his rookie year with 14 catches for 161 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games (one start).
"The Houston Texans are aware of the incident regarding WR Jaelen Strong in Scottsdale, Ariz. We are disappointed in the choices Jaelen made to put himself in this situation. We will have no further comment at this time," said Texans general manager Rick Smith in a statement.
The Packers said they have no comment on the matter.