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Marinovich pleads not guilty after another drug arrest

8/29/2007 - NFL

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Todd Marinovich, the former
professional quarterback whose career ended in a mire of drug
abuse, is facing a possible prison term after a weekend arrest in
Orange County.

Marinovich, 38, remained jailed Wednesday on no-bail warrants
for probation violation pending a Sept. 6 pretrial hearing.

Police said Marinovich was skateboarding in a prohibited area
near the Newport Pier boardwalk shortly before 1:30 a.m. Sunday and
ran away when officers tried to stop him. He was found hiding in a
carport about six blocks away.

Marinovich had a guitar case, and inside officers found about a
gram of powdered methamphetamine, a metal spoon and a hypodermic
needle, Sgt. Evan Sailor said.

Marinovich was arrested and pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to
felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor counts
of unauthorized possession of a hypodermic and resisting a police
officer.

Marinovich was a star quarterback at Southern California in 1991
and was a first-round draft choice of the then-Los Angeles Raiders.
He played with them for two seasons before being released because
of an acknowledged drug problem.

Marinovich later played football in Canada and for the Los
Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League, leaving that team in
2001 after being arrested on suspicion of heroin possession.

In Orange County, Marinovich has had at least nine previous
court cases, most of them involving drug-related crimes, and has
spent a total of several months in jail after pleading guilty or no
contest to various crimes.