Julius Peppers' dad faces drug charge

NASHVILLE, N.C. -- The father of Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers has lost his law enforcement job after being charged in North Carolina with felony possession of cocaine.

The State Bureau of Investigation said Thursday that 50-year-old George Thomas Kurney was arrested following a joint state-local investigation.

Nash County Sheriff's Lt. Pat Joyner said Kurney was dismissed from his sheriff's deputy job after his arrest Wednesday. Kurney was taken to the Wilson County jail shortly after 11 p.m. and released about an hour later on $1,000 bond.

Kurney had been a deputy for 10 years. He could not be reached for comment. Messages left for his son's agent were not immediately returned.

It wasn't immediately clear whether Kurney has an attorney. Peppers played for the Bears last year after eight seasons with the Carolina Panthers.