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Cobbs is a former Arkansas Razorback star running back who went on to play in the NFL with the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos. He played four years for the Razorbacks and starred in the 2000 Cotton Bowl and the 2003 Independence Bowl. He joined the Patriots in 2004 and played in Super Bowl XXXIX. He joined the Broncos in 2006, played in two games and was on the roster for one year. He joined the Arkansas Twisters in the Arena Football League in 2008; the Twisters left the league in 2009.
The guilty plea was announced this afternoon by Christopher R. Thyer, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas
Cobbs was one of 33 people indicted in an oxycodone conspiracy in October 2014. In exchange for the guilty plea, the United States dismissed a count for conspiracy to distribute oxycodone.
Cobbs today told the court he sold oxycodone pills to the head of the conspiracy, Charolda Walton. Specifically, on March 16, 2014, in a deal set up by a series of calls and texts, Cobbs delivered oxycodone pills to Walton’s house, where Walton was waiting with a customer to buy the pills. The transaction was observed by law enforcement. According to the facts read in open court, Cobbs also sold oxycodone to Walton on March 15, and dealt with Walton on multiple other occasions.
Use of a communication device to facilitate a drug offense is punishable by up to four years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and not more than one year supervised release. Sentencing before Judge Marshall is set for July 21, 2016.
The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), with assistance from the Little Rock Police Department, the Benton Police Department and the Saline County Sheriff’s Office.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Givens.
To view the original 2014 Hill ‘n Holler story on the oxycodone conspiracy arrests, click HERE.
Cobbs still faces a state charge of promoting prostitution. He was arrested in July in a sting operation and has pleaded not guilty in that case.