SUWANEE -- Gwinnett police arrested a former Atlanta Falcon after finding prescription drugs and a handgun inside his vehicle during a late-night traffic stop, police said.
An officer with the department's highway interdiction team pulled over Glenn Sharpe, 26, of Buford, about 11 p.m. Wednesday for speeding on southbound Interstate 85 near Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, police said.
The officer issued Sharpe, a free agent NFL cornerback, a ticket for speeding and asked to search his 2003 Mercury Marauder. Sharpe consented, according to police.
Inside the vehicle, the officer found a prescription bottle labeled for Metronidazole, an antibiotic, that contained 31/2 pills of Vicodin, a narcotic pain reliever, police said. The officer also uncovered a loaded pistol near the drugs, police said.
Sharpe's arrest warrant lists the weapon as a Kahr 9 mm.
Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter wasn't sure Thursday how fast Sharpe was allegedly going prior to the stop, or if Sharpe was permitted to carry the firearm. He did not have a prescription for the medication, Ritter said.
"(Sharpe) did state that he had a permit to carry (the handgun), however he didn't have it with him and it could not be confirmed," Ritter said.
Sharpe, a University of Miami product, earned a spot as an undrafted free agent for one season with the Falcons in 2008-09.
Police charged Sharpe with felony possession of narcotics and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony.
Sharpe was booked in the Gwinnett County Jail at 2:44 a.m. Thursday and released about 10 hours later on $11,400 bond.
Sharpe played for the New Orleans Saints' practice squad during their Super Bowl campaign last year but is listed as a free agent. Jail records list him as unemployed.