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Person of interest in fatal shooting of Broncos' Williams faces drug charges

DENVER -- A man police consider a person of interest in the
fatal shooting of Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams
appeared in federal court on drug charges Friday.

Willie Clark, 25, was arrested Thursday and turned over to
federal authorities after completion of his state sentence on a
parole violation.

He has been in custody since Jan. 5, days after Williams, 24,
was shot in the neck and two other people were wounded as they were
riding away from a New Year's Eve party at a Denver nightclub in a
stretch Hummer limousine.

An arrest affidavit released Friday alleges Clark worked for a
gang-linked drug organization run by Brian Hicks, the registered
owner of the sport utility vehicle that authorities believe was
used in the Williams' slaying.

Hicks was in jail awaiting trial on attempted murder charges
when Williams was killed.

Police have said they hoped Clark could provide information to
help find Williams' killer but haven't released any details about
why. Spokesman John White said Friday that Denver police aren't
involved in the federal drug case against Clark.

Clark, who appeared without a lawyer, was advised he was facing
charges of distribution and possession of cocaine with the intent
to distribute.

He was returned to the custody of U.S. marshals and was due in
court again on Wednesday for a detention hearing.

Clark's former attorney, the late Michael Andre, previously said
Clark has no information about the shooting.

Clark was sentenced in February to 180 days in prison after
authorities said Clark had been living in a different house than
the one listed in his parole agreement. He was paroled last July
after serving a prison sentence for a 2002 vehicle theft and
assault.

According to the affidavit, investigators believe Hicks is the
leader of a subset of the Rolling 30s Crip gang which has engaged
in large-scale cocaine and crack trafficking, gun trafficking,
drive-by shootings and home invasions. They allege the gang,
investigated between August 2005 and June 2007 by the Metro Gang
Task Force, is linked to about 11 unsolved slayings.

In April, 72 people linked to the gang were arrested on federal
drug and gun charges.

Clark, nicknamed "Little Let", was an up-and-coming member of
Hick's drug operation, allegedly living in and running a drug
operation in a Denver duplex, the affidavit siad.

After Clark was arrested soon after the Williams' slaying, Hicks
allegedly called a woman from the Denver jail and said he was
worried Clark might feel abandoned and "say something stupid".
Investigators believe Hicks was concerned Clark might reveal
information to police about the drug operation.

According to the affidavit, Hicks asked the woman to send
another woman named Jessica to see Clark in jail.