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Grand Jury Indicts Sellers, Chapman On Drug Charges

By PAUL SINGER, Associated Press Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) - A grand jury issued felony drug charges Thursday against former Cleveland Browns running back Mike Sellers and injured cornerback Lamar Chapman (both pictured in graphic, right).

The indictment, signed by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor William Mason, charges Chapman and Sellers with possession of cocaine and "criminal tools" -- money and cellular phones.

If convicted of all charges, the two could face a maximum of three years in jail. They will be arraigned Dec. 27.

The players were arrested Nov. 19 after a traffic stop in Cleveland. Police said they found marijuana in Sellers' car and cocaine in a squad car Chapman and Sellers rode in.

Sellers and Chapman both pleaded innocent to charges in Cleveland Municipal Court last month.

Chapman is on the injured reserve and out for the season.

Sellers, signed to a three-year, $2.4 million contract in February, was suspended one game by coach Butch Davis after the arrest and cut the following week.

Davis said at the time that he had intended to reinstate Sellers, but new information that Davis would not disclose led him to release the running back.

"As time goes by, you become a little more educated, a little bit more informed and find out more details. It necessitated that we needed to make the change," Davis said.

Sellers' agent did not immediately return a call seeking comment Thursday.

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