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Former Redskins player accused of cocaine possession


Timmy Smith, the former Washington Redskins running back who set a Super Bowl rushing record in 1988, was formally charged on Monday with intentionally possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, a charge that carries a lesser penalty than previously announced.

The 41-year-old Smith, of Denver, and his brother, 35-year-old Chris Smith of suburban Lakewood, appeared before US District Court Magistrate Patricia Coan, where they were advised of charges pending against them, said Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for the US Attorney's Office.

Both remained in custody without bond. A hearing was scheduled for tomorrow.

The US Drug Enforcement Administration originally announced that both men could face conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500g of cocaine charges, which carry up to 10 years to life in prison and a fine of up to US$4 million. The charges filed on Monday didn't include conspiracy and carry a minimum five-year sentence, with a maximum of 40 years in prison and a fine of up to US$2 million.

Authorities said the investigation, which began in April, has resulted in the seizure of about 1.3kg of cocaine and assets worth about US$100,000, including two cars and a motorcycle.

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