DENVER (AP) -- Timmy Smith, who set a Super Bowl rushing record when he played for the Washington Redskins in 1988, was arrested Friday on suspicion of conspiracy after allegedly trying to sell cocaine to an undercover drug agent, federal authorities said.
Smith, 41, of Denver, and his brother, 35-year-old Chris Smith of suburban Lakewood, both face charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine, said Jeffrey D. Sweetin, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Rocky Mountain Division.
"It doesn't matter how famous you are, what sport you play or what records you hold," Sweetin said. "The American people will not tolerate such disregard for the law, and neither will the DEA."
If convicted, each faces 10 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $4 million. The two were in custody and due in court Monday. Bond had not been set and if was unclear if they had lawyers by early Friday evening.
Smith allegedly delivered 20 ounces of cocaine to an undercover agent in a restaurant parking lot, but then fled and was arrested about 20 minutes later by Denver police less than a mile away, DEA Special Agent Jeffrey Walsh said.
Chris Smith, who allegedly gave his brother the drugs, was arrested without incident within blocks of the parking lot. His 2-year-old son was with him.
Sweetin said Timmy Smith allegedly delivered cocaine to undercover agents seven times in the Denver metro area. Chris Smith was present at six of those sales, Sweetin said.
Authorities said the investigation, which began in April, has resulted in the seizure of 1.3 kilograms -- or about 2.8 pounds -- of cocaine and assets worth about $100,000, including two cars and a motorcycle. Authorities said they found a firearm, drug packaging and other equipment during a search of Chris Smith's home.
Sweetin said investigators were aware they were dealing with a former NFL running back and that Smith gave an autographed photograph to an undercover agent.
"He was very obvious, he discussed who he was," Sweetin said.
Timmy Smith worked as a detention officer at the Gilliam Youth Services Center, said Tanya Lyons, assistant director of the center. She would not comment on his employment status, saying it was a personal matter and under investigation.
Sweetin said there was no indication Smith sold drugs at the center.
Timmy Smith also has coached at youth football camps, Sweetin said. Authorities believe Chris Smith was unemployed.
Sweetin said Timmy Smith had no previous drug arrests, but did have a $97,000 tax lien. Chris Smith had a previous drug arrest, but no convictions.
Smith rushed for a Super Bowl-record 204 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins' 42-10 victory over the Denver Broncos in 1988. He gained weight the following season and never performed at the same level. He last played in the NFL in 1990 with the Dallas Cowboys.