Laurence Maroney
11:32 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Broncos RB Maroney arrested in St. Louis

Denver Broncos running back Laurence Maroney has been arrested in St. Louis on drugs and weapons allegations.

Maroney's publicist, Jane Higgins, confirmed the arrest Tuesday. St. Louis police would say only that five people in an Infiniti were arrested Monday night, and are accused of possessing marijuana and weapons.

Three, including a 25-year-old man, were accused of unlawful use of a weapon. Maroney, 25, is a native of suburban St. Louis. No one has been formally charged.

Police declined to name the suspects.

Higgins says Maroney has a permit to carry a gun, and denies he is accused of possessing drugs. Formal charges have not been filed. A Broncos spokesman says the team is aware of the arrest but declined further comment.

Police spokeswoman Erica Van Ross said one of the men had a valid concealed weapon permit but that state law prohibits possessing a gun while under the influence of drugs. She declined to elaborate.

Van Ross said the process of seeking charges could take up to a month.

Maroney is a native of the St. Louis area, a standout at Normandy High School, who was drafted 21st overall by the New England Patriots out of Minnesota in 2006.

He was traded to Denver in September, but played in just four games for the Broncos.