Travel Ban Sought on Rams Cornerback : Courts: Prosecutors say Darryl Henley, who is charged with cocaine trafficking, might flee.
Federal prosecutors have asked a federal judge to block Rams cornerback Darryl Henley’s attempts to play ball out of town, arguing that the player is a proven flight risk.
In a brief filed Friday, prosecutors said Henley, who recently signed a one-year, $350,000 contract with the Rams, took measures to elude arrest for five weeks after his indictment on drug charges last October and is “fully capable of going into hiding” again.
“As Henley begins collecting paychecks and gaining economic stability, he also gains the financial ability to flee,” prosecutors said in court papers.
The player is accused of running a cross-country cocaine trafficking network out of his Brea home, using a former Rams cheerleader as a courier. His uncle, Rex Henley; a childhood friend, Willie McGowen, and three others also have been charged.
Henley is free on $200,000 bail while awaiting his Jan. 10 trial, but under the conditions of his release, he may not travel beyond the federal court’s Central District jurisdiction, which includes seven Southern California counties.
Henley’s lawyers asked U.S. District Judge Gary L. Taylor Tuesday to lift the restrictions to allow Henley to travel to nine out-of-town games with the team. They detailed Henley’s travel plans and promised that he would be accompanied by teammates at all times. If Henley can’t travel, his contract with the team could be in jeopardy.
The judge is expected to review the requests this week.