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Home owned by Dre Kirkpatrick raided

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 05: Dre Kirkpatrick #27 of the Cincinnati Bengals works out on the field prior to the start of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on November 5, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Logan Bowles/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 05: Dre Kirkpatrick #27 of the Cincinnati Bengals works out on the field prior to the start of their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on November 5, 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Logan Bowles/Getty Images) /
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A home owned by Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was involved in a drug raid that led to an arrest for drug trafficking.

Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick owns a home out in West Chester that he rents out which was involved in a drug raid according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Kirkpatrick bought the house in late March just one year after signing his big contract worth $52.5 million. Renting out the home to Jarrod Blair, 36, it wasn’t long before the house was raided for drugs and an arrest followed for drug trafficking.

Police responded to the house on April 10, 2018, and arrested Blair for drug trafficking and drug possession, both being felony charges. According to Fox 19’s Michael Baldwin, the police found 55 lbs of marijuana in the home. Court records show that Blair was also arrested in 2006 and sentenced to three years in prison for the trafficking of cocaine.

Kirkpatrick’s agent told Fox 19 that he is not part of any investigation, but is assisting the police in any way he can. At this time there is no reason to believe that Kirkpatrick had anything to do with the criminal possession of the drugs. Here’s what the agent had to say to Fox 19:

“We are aware of the incident. The guy was a tenant of a rental property that he owns. (Kirkpatrick) is not the target of any investigation. He is assisting and supporting the police in whatever they need.”

Kirkpatrick also owns a home in Indian Hill worth $1.9 million. The 28-year-old cornerback is entering his seventh season with the Bengals and looks to have a better season in 2018. Suffering multiple injuries last season, including coming into camp with a broken hand, Kirkpatrick was never a full strength and got burned throughout the season. While it was a down season for the promising corner, he recorded 55 tackles, 14 passes defended, one interception, and one forced fumble.

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With new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin entering Cincinnati and introducing some new schemes and aggressiveness, I expect Kirkpatrick to take a big step forward this year. Kirkpatrick proved he can be a reliable man coverage cornerback in 2016, and if healthy in 2018, I fully expect that to return.

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