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Police investigating drugs, bullets found in DeSean Jackson’s wrecked truck

TAMPA — A Chevy Silverado pickup truck registered to Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver DeSean Jackson was found wrecked and abandoned at International Plaza on Sunday night with marijuana and hollow-point bullets inside, according to Tampa police.

Now police are trying to figure out who was driving the truck.

A spokeswoman for Jackson said in an email to the Tampa Bay Times that a friend had borrowed his truck and that the marijuana and bullets were not Jackson's.

Three days later, no arrests had been made as of Wednesday night. The investigation is ongoing, said Tampa police spokeswoman Janelle McGregor, and Jackson has retained an attorney.

The truck was found abandoned at the mall at 2223 N West Shore Blvd. about 8:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve. It had left the road and struck a tree, according to Tampa police, though the report did not disclose exactly where the crash took place.

Police found 6.3 grams of marijuana inside as well as two .38-caliber hollow-point bullets, according to the incident report. Hollow-point bullets are designed to expand when they strike their target, creating larger wounds.

Jackson, who did not travel with the Bucs for their game this past weekend at the Carolina Panthers due to an ankle injury, was contacted by police and came to the scene.

"He's dealing with the person that was using it without his knowledge privately," said Denise White of EAG Sports Management, the agency that represents Jackson, in an email. "The incident is being handled."

NFL Network, citing an unnamed police source, reported that Jackson "initially declined to cooperate" with police, then named the alleged driver but "declined to assist officers in getting the driver back to the scene."

Bucs general manager Jason Licht issued a statement Wednesday night concerning Jackson and the investigation: "We are aware of a one-car accident involving a vehicle registered to DeSean Jackson on the night of Dec. 24. Our understanding is that DeSean has been in contact with authorities and is cooperating with the investigation."

Jackson, 31, is a former Pro Bowl receiver who signed a three-year, $33.5 million contract with the Bucs this spring as the team's biggest offseason addition. That contract includes $7.5 million of his 2018 salary being guaranteed.

He has 50 catches for 668 yards this season, but only three touchdowns, and his average of 13.4 yards per catch is a career low.
Jackson's status for Sunday's season finale at home against the New Orleans Saints is uncertain.

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