charges against Cowboys' Peppi Zellner dropped
Ga. (AP) - Drug charges against Dallas Cowboys defensive end Peppi
Zellner were dropped Monday after his brother claimed responsibility
for having crack cocaine in their car.
Frank Wilder dismissed the charges on the basis of a sworn statement
from Mannon Lee Zellner Jr. that said his brother knew nothing
about drugs being in the car or being tossed from the vehicle,
Monroe County Sheriff John Cary Bittick said.
The Zellners were
arrested Thursday by narcotics investigators from Bittick's office
and the Forsyth Police Department. Peppi Zellner was released
the next day on $5,000 bond on a charge of possession of crack
cocaine with intent to distribute.
Bittick said investigators
were in a high-drug area of Forsyth on Thursday afternoon when
they noticed a vintage 1965 Chevrolet Impala with Texas plates,
which one of the officers knew belonged to Peppi Zellner, Bittick
They saw something
thrown from the passenger side of the car, and picked up the package
containing what was believed to be crack.
Peppi Zellner, 27,
is an unrestricted free agent, but the Cowboys have shown little
interest in re-signing him. He was a fourth-round draft pick by
the Cowboys in 1999 and a former star defensive end at Fort Valley
State University in central Georgia.
The 6-foot-5, 286-pounder
Zellner played in 57 games in four seasons with the Cowboys. He
started 15 games in 2001 and set career highs with 46 tackles
and three sacks.
He started in only
two games last season and had 29 tackles and no sacks.
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