Dre Kirkpatrick’s house in West Chester was searched last month, leading to an arrest on drug charges, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Kirkpatrick was not part of the arrest. According to documents that the Enquirer obtained, Jarrod Blair was arrested in Kirkpatrick’s home, and was charged with drug possession and drug trafficking.
“We are aware of the incident,” Kirkpatrick’s agent said, according to Fox 19. “The guy was a tenant of a rental property that he owns. (Kirkpatrick) is not the target of any investigation. He is assisting and supporting the police in whatever they need.”
His agent also said that if Kirkpatrick were aware of the drug issues in the home, he’d be a part of the investigation.
Fox 19’s Michael Baldwin said that police said there was 55 lbs of marijuana delivered by a courier, and that Kirkpatrick was assisting and cooperating with police.
Cincinnati Bengals player Dre Kirkpatrick’s rental home raided by police on April 10th. Jarrod Blair arrested. Police say 55 pounds of marijuana delivered by a drug courier. Kirkpatrick’s agent says, “He is assisting and supporting the police...” @FOX19 pic.twitter.com/zLszyBPmJN— Michael Baldwin (@baldwinreports) May 26, 2018
According to the police’s search warrant, the bust started in Illinois. The drug courier told police they would be paid $4,000 to take the marijuana to Kirkpatrick’s property at 7336 Tarragon Court. Police demanded that they carry out the delivery.
Kirkpatrick bought the West Chester home that he now rents out in March, about a year after he signed his $52.5 million contract extension with the Bengals.
Blair has been arrested on drug trafficking charges in the past. He has a cocaine-related charge from 2006. The two charges he was arrested for in this instance are both felonies.
Kirkpatrick also owns a $1.9 million home in Indian Hill, according to the Enquirer.
Kirkpatrick has previously been arrested for a marijuana possession charge. The arrest happened prior to him being drafted, but the charges were dropped, as Kirkpatrick said the man he was driving with had bought something, but Kirkpatrick didn’t know what it was.
The 28-year-old defensive back is getting ready to play his seventh season in the NFL, all with the Bengals. They drafted the former Alabama star 17th overall in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Last season, Kirkpatrick played in 14 games, recording 55 total tackles and one sack. He defended 14 passes, forced one fumble and recorded one interception, which he returned 101 yards.