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Browns’ Running Back Charged with Cocaine Trafficking

June 30, 1989

CLEVELAND (AP) _ Cleveland Browns running back Kevin Mack was charged Thursday with drug trafficking, and the football team arranged for him to be hospitalized for evaluation after his release on bail.

″We arranged for Kevin Mack to be taken to the Cleveland Clinic to meet with Dr. Greg Collins, one of our team physicians,″ Browns owner Art Model said.

Mack was freed on $2,500 bond, said city prosecutor Patricia A. Blackmon. Police said Mack, 26, was arrested Wednesday night after officers patroling near a high school noticed suspicious activity in a parked car. ″It was a routine check,″ Cmdr. Robert Bolton said. ″The officers had no idea who he was.″

Mack and his attorney would not comment after appearing in Municipal Court, where Judge Mabel Jasper scheduled a July 12 arraignment on the charge of aggravated trafficking in cocaine.

Mack faces that charge, rather than possession of cocaine, because police found more than four packets of powder in Mack’s car and saw packets being passed, Blackmon said. Two passengers, Mark White, 26, and Donna Oden, 33, also were charged with trafficking, and posted bond.

If convicted each faces a penalty of two to 10 years in jail and a maximum fine of $5,000.

Mack, a graduate of Clemson University in South Carolina, was the Browns’ second leading rusher last season, carrying the ball 123 times for 485 yards. But he was plagued with injuries, missing all or part of 10 games plus the Wild Card playoff game.

A Cleveland Browns safety, Don Rogers, died of a cocaine overdose three years ago Tuesday in Carmichael, Calif.