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Broncos' Carlos Henderson arrested on marijuana charge

"We are aware of the issue involving Carlos Henderson and are gathering more information,'' the Broncos said in a statement Sunday night
Courtesy: Ouachita Correctional Center Sheriff's Office

Carlos Henderson’s rough start with the Denver Broncos just got worse Sunday when the rookie receiver was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in West Monroe, Louisiana.

“We are aware of the issue involving Carlos Henderson and are gathering more information,’’ the Broncos said in a statement Sunday night.

Henderson was a passenger in a black GMC Yukon driven by Alejandra Aviles-Jimenez around noon Sunday, according to a West Monroe Police Department affidavit. An officer stopped the vehicle for going 84 mph in a 60-mph zone.

The officer stated upon opening his door, he immediately smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the Yukon. Both Aviles-Jimenez and Henderson denied they had marijuana in the car.

A search allegedly recovered pieces of marijuana near the passenger seat, as well as a partially-filled water bottle with an extinguished marijuana cigar inside, according to a KNOE.com report.

When officers found "thick green residue" in Henderson's mouth, he denied eating any marijuana before the traffic stop, but did admit to smoking earlier Sunday. After he was arrested on the marijuana possession charge at 12:55 p.m. Sunday, he was quickly bonded out of jail.

The Broncos selected Henderson in the third round of the last year’s 2017 NFL Draft after his sensational junior season at Louisiana Tech in which he had 82 receptions for 1,535 yards and 19 touchdowns.

But Henderson struggled through the Broncos’ OTAs and training camp, then muffed two kickoff returns in the preseason opener against the Chicago Bears. He did suffer a thumb injury that required surgery in that game but rather than wait for his return, the Broncos decided to put him on a season-ending injured reserve.