Irvin to be Subpoenaed In Motel Drug Case, Prosecutors Say
Mar. 20, 1996
DALLAS (AP) _ Prosecutors say Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin will be subpoenaed to testify Thursday before a grand jury about why he was in a motel room where a woman was arrested on drug charges.
While investigating a motel manager's complaint early March 4 about possible prostitution and drug use, police in suburban Irving said they discovered marijuana, cocaine and drug paraphernalia in a room occupied by four people.
A woman identified as Angela Renee Beck, 22, of Cedar Hill, a south Dallas suburb, was the only person arrested.
``The narcotics were found in her property or immediately around her'' and she claimed all the drugs belonged to her, Lt. Jimmy Perdue of the Irving Police Department said Tuesday night.
Now, Dallas County prosecutors say they want statements from the three others.
``At the time the drugs were found, Michael Irvin, Angela Beck, (former Cowboys' tight end) Alfredo Roberts and another young lady by the name of Jasmine Jennifer Nabwangu were present in the room,'' first assistant district attorney Norm Kinne said today.
Subpoenas have been issued for Irvin, Roberts and Nabwangu, who could face charges, he said.
``It's possible that any of them could depending upon what the testimony shows,'' Kinne said.
``We're not satisfied at this time as to who all is responsible. They are going to be asked to give their statements so that we can see who is criminally responsible for the narcotics,'' he said.
Irvin could not be reached for comment Tuesday. At their home in suburban Carrollton, a woman identifying herself only as his wife said that she was unaware of the incident and that her husband was out of town, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Irvin's attorney, Kevin Clancy, did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press today.
A Cowboys spokesman who declined to be identified said the team had no official comment about Irvin.
``He is a witness'' to the arrest but was not himself arrested, the spokesman said. ``That's all I know at this point.''
According to a 911 transcript obtained Tuesday, the motel manager complained:
``We have two individuals who keep checking into our hotel. ... They've been renting the rooms and when we have to clean up after them, we've been finding cocaine and crack and marijuana. Well, they're back on our property tonight and their room is getting noisy.''
Irving police chief Lowell Cannaday said the circumstances appear suspicious, but that the police department doesn't have enough evidence to arrest or charge the witnesses involved. ``It's not a crime to be in a room at the Residence Inn,'' Cannaday said.
Irvin recently completed the most successful of his eight seasons with the Cowboys. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the fifth time and holds Cowboys records for most receptions and receiving yardage.
Roberts, who declined comment, was a reserve tight end for the Cowboys in 1991-92, and also was a teammate of Irvin's at the University of Miami from 1984-87.
Roberts is part owner of the Cowboys Sports Cafe in Irving, near the team's headquarters and practice complex. He also is a partner in Irvin's apparel company, Masterpeace Ragz, and the Masterpeace Ragz Peace Foundation, which supports charitable organizations that aid in peacekeeping activities.