Ex-Pats, Seahawks DE Mitchell arrested on drug charges

ABBEVILLE, La. -- Former NFL defensive end Brandon Mitchell remained in jail Friday on drug charges.

Sgt. Shane Guidry of the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office said Mitchell had not posted his $145,000 bond.

The 33-year-old Mitchell and his girlfriend, Dawn Zenon, were arrested Wednesday after a two-year investigation by the Vermilion Parish Municipal Narcotics Task Force.

Authorities said they found 5½ ounces of powder-form cocaine, 2 1/4 ounces of crystal methamphetamine, two bottles of codeine, drug paraphernalia and about $4,500 in cash.

Guidry said Mitchell and Zenon face charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine, codeine and methamphetamine, plus manufacturing cocaine and possession in the presence of a juvenile charges.

Mitchell, who played eight seasons in the NFL, started in the 2002 Super Bowl for the New England Patriots. He was a football star at Abbeville High before moving on to play the defensive line for Texas A&M. He was drafted by the Patriots in 1997 and played for New England five years, including the 2002 season capped by a 20-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams in the Super Bowl. He finished his seven-year career in Seattle, where an injury forced him to retire.