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Former Jag Jimmy Smith in Court on Drug Charges

Former Jaguar Great Jimmy Smith is in court today answering to drug charges:

Jimmy Smith’s smile, athleticism and circus catches made him a crowd favorite when he wore the teal of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Toward the end of his NFL career however, a darker picture emerged, one clouded with legal trouble stemming from drugs and alcohol. The latest chapter was an April arrest on felony drug charges.

The 40-old Smith has appearances on two court dockets this week. On Tuesday, attorneys have scheduled a hearing to dispose of 2008 misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and transportation of an open container. On Wednesday, he has a pretrial hearing on 2009 felony charges of possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia and driving with suspended license.

“Drugs have never been my problem; rather they were always my solution,” Smith wrote on his MySpace page after his arrest. Smith noted he had entered a 90-day drug rehabilitation center in Houston.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

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