Houston Texans' Jaelen Strong (11) makes a catch before the start of an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans, Sunday, Dec. 20, 2015, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Michael Conroy
February 29, 2016

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Houston Texans wide receiver Jaelen Strong has been arrested for marijuana possession, police in the Phoenix suburb of Scottsdale said Monday.

Strong, a former Arizona State standout, was taken into custody late Sunday and booked into the Scottsdale City Jail before being released later.

Scottsdale police spokesman Kevin Watts said Strong was a passenger in a Maserati that was stopped just before midnight when officers noticed the luxury car didn't have a visible license plate.

Officers said they detected the strong odor of marijuana coming from the inside of the vehicle, according to Watts.

Police said Strong admitted he was possession of some marijuana, didn't have a medical marijuana card and gave officers a cigar package containing three marijuana cigarettes.

Strong, 22, was a third-round draft pick of the Texans last year.

Rick Smith, the team's general manager and executive vice president of football operations, said Monday that the Texans were aware of the incident involving Strong.

''We are disappointed in the choices Jaelen made to put himself in this situation,'' Smith said in a statement. ''We will have no further comment at this time.''

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