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Police issue warrant for Santiago

December 9, 2001

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— A warrant was issued in Pittsburgh for the arrest of Cleveland Browns tight end O.J. Santiago for marijuana possession, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Saturday.

Police Lt. Kevin Kraus told the newspaper that he issued the warrant Friday and called an NFL security official to notify the Browns.

Santiago or his lawyer is supposed to contact police, Kraus said.

Kraus couldn't be reached immediately by The Associated Press on Saturday, and Pittsburgh police said it is against department policy to release information on warrants until after an arrest has been made.

It's the latest legal woe for a Browns player.

Three were arrested on Nov. 20: defensive tackle Gerard Warren, fullback Mike Sellers and cornerback Lamar Chapman.

According to The Plain Dealer, the warrant for Santiago is connected to the arrest of Warren, who faces a charge of carrying an unlicensed firearm in his car.

During a search, police found marijuana, which they now believe belonged to Santiago, though he wasn't with Warren at the time of the arrest, the newspaper reported.

The Browns said Saturday they hadn't been given any new information from police and anticipated that Santiago would play in today's game against the New England Patriots in Foxboro, Mass.

In a statement, Browns president and chief executive Carmen Policy said the team would not comment further until Monday afternoon.

The Associated Press left a message seeking comment for Santiago's agent, Nathaniel Lampley.

The Browns claimed Santiago off waivers last year from Dallas and then signed him to a one-year contract during the offseason.

He played three seasons in Atlanta before that.

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