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Former Dallas Cowboy arrested in Tampa on drug and weapon charges

TAMPA — A former starting offensive lineman for the Dallas Cowboys was arrested Tuesday night and charged with felony drug and weapons charges after police say he sold an undercover officer $20 in marijuana in the strip club where he works.

Torrin Tucker, 32, who started 24 games for the Cowboys from 2003-05 and played last year for the UFL's Sacramento Mountain Lions, was charged with four felonies -— possession of cocaine with intent to sell, possession of marijuana with intent to sell, delivery of marijuana and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony — along with a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana. After spending the night in the Hillsborough County jail, he was released Wednesday morning on $19,500 bail.

According to the arrest report, Tucker was observed selling a $20 bag of marijuana to an undercover officer at Hollywood Nites, a club located at 3003 N Howard Ave. where Tucker told police he works in "security." A subsequent search found 18 baggies of marijuana "packaged for sale" and nine capsules containing cocaine, all in a Crown Royale bag "stuffed down the front of (his) pants," according to the report. Tucker also was found to have a Smith & Wesson handgun loaded with 11 hollow-point rounds of ammunition holstered inside his waistband. He advised the arresting officers he was in possession of both the weapon and the drugs prior to being searched, according to the report.

Tucker, who is listed at 6 feet 8 and 350 pounds on the arrest report, also gave police a Tampa address for his home. He signed with the Bucs in 2006 after three seasons with the Cowboys, only to be cut in the preseason that year after being limited by a knee injury. He was in camp with the Houston Texans in 2008 but has since played in the Canadian and Arena leagues, then last fall in the UFL, where he is still listed on the Sacramento roster. Tucker joined the Cowboys in 2003 after playing collegiately at Southern Miss.

Former Dallas Cowboy arrested in Tampa on drug and weapon charges 05/02/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 3, 2012 4:23pm]
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