West Monroe, Louisiana police arrested Broncos wide receiver Carlos Henderson and charged him with possession of a controlled substance, early Sunday afternoon. It is a misdemeanor charge and Henderson's first offense. The arrest occurred about 30 miles from the Louisiana Tech campus where Henderson was a student prior to entering the NFL.
According to the arrest report, Alejandra Avilés-Jimenez was driving 84 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone with Henderson riding in the passenger seat. An officer pulled the car over and could immediately smell marijuana when he opened the door of his cruiser. When he told Aviles-Jimenez why he stopped her and that he could smell marijuana, both the driver and Henderson said they hadn't been smoking and didn't have any marijuana in the car.
Aviles-Jimenez allowed officers to search the car and they found multiple pieces of "suspected marijuana" near the passenger seat along with a "marijuana cigar" that was left in a water bottle. Henderson admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day after officers found a "thick green residue" on his tongue.
The Broncos released a brief statement on the matter Sunday night.
"We are aware of the issue involving Carlos Henderson and are gathering more information," the statement said.
Denver drafted Henderson in the third round of the 2017 draft, but he spent his entire rookie season on injured reserve due to a thumb injury. The 23-year-old is a big-play threat despite standing just 5-foot-11. During his junior season in college, his last before entering the draft, Henderson led the entire FBS with 48 forced missed tackles. He forced missed tackles on 59% of his receptions, more than double any other FBS receiver with at least 75 catches.