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Former Razorback Matt Jones arrested on felony drug charge in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Former Razorback Matt Jones faces a felony charge after police allegedly caught him in a vehicle with cocaine early this morning.

The 25-year-old Jones was a 2005 first-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he has played wide receiver after spending most of his time at Arkansas at quarterback.

Jones was arrested with 25-year-old Jared Hicks, also a former Razorback, and 26-year-old Benjamin Cook.

Both Cook and Hicks face misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia.

At Arkansas, Jones threw for 5,857 yards and rushed for 2,535.

In his first two pro seasons, Jones caught 77 passes for 1,075 yards and nine touchdowns. But he struggled in 2007. Early last season, Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio publicly questioned Jones' on-the-field demeanor, indicating Jones was taking plays off and pouting when he didn't get the ball.

Police say Jones and the two other men were inside a Toyota 4Runner in Fayetteville just after 12:40 a.m. when officers approached. In a report, officers allege they saw a card covered in a white powder in Jones' lap as he used a Foot Locker credit card to scrape it.

Officers opened the door and ordered Jones to put his hands in the air. According to the report, Jones kept his left hand out of view, forcing at least one officer to draw his handgun.

Police searched the vehicle and found a plastic bag filled with a white substance that tested positive for cocaine and a jar with possible marijuana residue inside. Police say Jones acknowledged the white powder was cocaine.

Jones was being held Thursday on $2,500 bond at the Washington County jail on a charge of felony possession of a controlled substance. His arraignment was set for August 11th, two days after Jacksonville's preseason opener against Atlanta.


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