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Ex-Raiders QB Russell arrested on Ala. drug charge

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama authorities say former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell has been charged with possession of codeine syrup - a controlled substance - without a prescription.

Mobile County Sheriff's spokeswoman Lori Myles says the 24-year-old former LSU star was arrested Monday afternoon at his home during an undercover investigation. He graduated from high school in Mobile.

Online records show he was booked into the Mobile jail and released on $2,500 bond.

The Raiders released Russell in May, just three years after being the No. 1 overall draft pick.

He won only 7 of his 25 starts and was eventually benched. He's been criticized for lack of a work ethic.

Russell and his agent did not immediately return calls for comment.

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