Chip Banks, a linebacker with the San Diego Chargers, was arrested in Atlanta on charges of cocaine and marijuana possession, police said.
Atlanta Police spokesman Sgt. G.E. Smith said Banks, who played at USC from 1978 through 1981, was arrested at 9:30 p.m. Friday at a routine police roadblock when a search of his gold Mercedes convertible turned up about half an ounce of marijuana and four packets of crack cocaine.
Smith said officers noticed an odor they believed to be marijuana when Banks pulled up.
Banks, 29, was a four-time All-Pro linebacker with the Cleveland Browns but was traded before the 1987 season to the Chargers. He has been a contract holdout for all of this season.
Smith said Banks was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and driving without a license. He was being held on $3,600 bond. A court date was scheduled for Nov. 2.