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Steelers’ Running Back ‘Bam’ Morris Indicted on Drug Charges

March 26, 1996 GMT

ROCKWALL, Texas (AP) _ A grand jury indicted Pittsburgh Steelers running back Byron ``Bam″ Morris on felony drug charges Tuesday after authorities found marijuana and cocaine in his Mercedes-Benz.

Morris was indicted on one count of possession of between 5 and 50 pounds of marijuana and one count of possession of between 1 and 4 grams of cocaine, Rockwall County District Attorney Galen Sumrow said.

Both charges are third-degree felonies punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine.

Authorities searching Morris’ impounded luxury car found 1 1/2 grams of cocaine Monday, Sumrow said. The leased car was retained last week after officers found more than six pounds of marijuana in the trunk during a traffic stop.

Officers found the cocaine in a small hollow area underneath the ashtray, said John Davila, assistant commander of the Northeast Area Drug Interdiction Task Force.

Morris, 24, the leading rusher in this year’s Super Bowl, and Rodney Dwayne Reynolds, 26, a passenger in the car, were arrested Friday and released after posting $25,000 bond.

Reynolds was indicted on one count of possession of between 5 and 50 pounds of marijuana, Sumrow said.

Morris’ attorney, Jay Ethington of Dallas, did not immediately return a call. The NFL had no comment.

Morris was stopped Friday morning for crossing the outside line and for not wearing a seat belt, officials said. An officer from the drug task force followed Morris about three miles before pulling him over outside the Rockwall city limits.

The officer became suspicious after Morris and Reynolds gave conflicting statements of where they’d been and what they’d been doing, authorities said.

After obtaining Morris’ permission to search the car, the officer found the drugs in the trunk in a sports bag, authorities said.

Morris won the Doak Walker Award in 1993 as the nation’s top running back while a junior at Texas Tech. He skipped his senior year to go into professional football, and the Steelers made him their third-round pick in 1994. He was the Steelers’ leading rusher last season.