New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung reportedly was indicted on a charge of cocaine possession in New Hampshire.
According to The Laconia Daily Sun, he was indicted by a Belknap County jury on Aug. 8 for an incident that took place on June 25 in Meredith, N.H., where Chung has a home.
Chung “did possess or have under his control a quantity of the controlled substance cocaine,” according to the indictment.
“We are aware of the reports regarding Patrick Chung. We will not be commenting while his judicial proceedings take place,” the Patriots said in a statement released on Thursday.
The article posted by the newspaper Wednesday night said the Meredith police did not arrest Chung during the June 25 encounter.
Chung, 32, is scheduled to be arraigned at Laconia District Court next week.
Chung was not at practice Wednesday and did not appear in the first two preseason games. In April, he signed a one-year extension through the 2021 season.
A second-round draft pick by the Patriots in 2009, Chung has spent nine of his 10 N.F.L. seasons in New England, with his tenure broken by one season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013. A three-time Super Bowl champion, he has 11 interceptions and 723 tackles in 140 career games.
The Daily Sun reported that cocaine possession is a Class B felony and carries a potential prison term of three and a half to seven years.