LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Former Washington Redskins wide receiver Donald “Reche” Caldwell was arrested after signing for a package that contained nearly five pounds of drugs in Florida.
Caldwell, 35, was arrested by Tampa Police at an apartment complex near the Busch Gardens amusement park around 12:46 p.m. Tuesday.
At some point prior to the arrest, the former University of Florida star signed for a USPS parcel containing 4.8 pounds of MDMA.
Police say they received a tip that Caldwell would be in possession of the controlled substance known commonly as “Molly.”
After seizing the box, authorities confirmed the “rocky substance” it contained was MDMA. The drugs have a street value between $60,000 and $64,000, according to law enforcement sources.
Caldwell has been charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a class 3 felony.
He was released from custody after posting a $2,000 secured bond around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Caldwell was already awaiting trial on charges of illegal gambling and bookmaking stemming from a January arrest. Police said he was one of the leaders of the gambling operation.
The Tampa native was a second-round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers in 2002. His career also includes stints with the New England Patriots and St. Louis Rams.
In 2007, Caldwell appeared in eight games with one start as a member of the Redskins. He caught 15 passes for 141 yards without a touchdown that season.