Ex-Auburn, NFL player Carson guilty in drug case

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Leonardo Carson, a former Auburn star who played in the NFL for San Diego and Dallas, has been convicted on federal drug charges.

The 32-year-old Carson, who was convicted by a jury in Mobile on Thursday, faces as much as 10 years to life in prison for conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine and marijuana. He is to be sentenced in November.

A defensive tackle, Carson starred at Auburn and was drafted by the Chargers in 2000, but his career was marred by injuries and run-ins with the law. He was cut by the Cowboys in 2005.

Family members said government witnesses lied and the conviction would be appealed.

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