Ex-NFL player faces drugs, guns charges

Edge­wa­ter man ar­rested, be­ing held with­out bail

The Capital - - FRONT PAGE - By Phil Davis [email protected]

A for­mer NFL player from Edge­wa­ter faces drugs and weapons charges af­ter po­lice said they found mar­i­juana, oxy­codone and var­i­ous firearms at a Crofton res­i­dence Tues­day.

Anne Arun­del po­lice said Ja­cob David Ben­der, 33, was ar­rested af­ter po­lice in­ves­ti­gated re­ports of drug trans­ac­tions tak­ing place at a res­i­dence on the 2500 block of Vine­yard Lane.

The de­part­ment said it had be­gun re­ceiv­ing tips of pos­si­ble drug sales at the res­i­dence in early Novem­ber and ob­tained a search war­rant to in­ves­ti­gate the home.

Po­lice searched the Crofton res­i­dence at 4:06 p.m. Tues­day, the de­part­ment said, and found about 30 grams of mar­i­juana, about 41 grams of mar­i­juana wax, one pill of the

opi­oid painkiller oxy­codone, about 2 grams of crushed pills, 2 pills of buprenophine and 204 pills of the ant-anx­i­ety medicine Al­pra­zo­lam, more com­monly known by its trade name Xanax.

In ad­di­tion, po­lice said they found a .45 cal­iber hand­gun with 14 rounds, a Rem­ing­ton 870 Ex­press shot­gun, a Model 311 Stevens shot­gun, 24 12-gauge shot­gun rounds, a box of .22 cal­iber am­mu­ni­tion and $10,093 in cash.

Po­lice say they ar­rested Ben­der fol­low­ing the search and he faces var­i­ous drug pos­ses­sion and distri­bu­tion charges as well as weapons-re­lated of­fenses.

Ben­der is a for­mer of­fen­sive line­man and South River High School grad­u­ate who bounced around var­i­ous NFL teams’ prac­tice squads af­ter be­ing drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round in 2007 with a $285,000 con­tract.

In past in­ter­views with The Cap­i­tal af­ter Ben­der fell out pro­fes­sional foot­ball in 2014, Ben­der ad­mit­ted to hav­ing more than a half-dozen run-ins with the law and ad­mit­ted to of­fi­cers to us­ing heroin.

On May 5, 2013, Ben­der re­ceived pro­ba­tion be­fore judge­ment on drug pos­ses­sion charges af­ter po­lice said they found him in a ve­hi­cle with seven oxy­codone pills and three hy­po­der­mic nee­dles.

Two weeks be­fore in 2013, his close friend, John Don­nell Ray, 32, of Calvert County, was found shot to death. Ben­der said he and Ray were par­ty­ing ear­lier and, when Ben­der passed out, Ray went to set up a drug deal and was shot to death when he left with­out Ben­der.

Ben­der is cur­rently be­ing held with­out bond fol­low­ing a bail re­view Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to court records.

No at­tor­ney is listed as rep­re­sent­ing Ben­der.

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