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Pats legend Mack Herron arrested on drug charge

05.09.11 at 7:59 am ET
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Mack Herron, the undersized running back who starred for the Patriots in the mid-1970s, was arrested and charged with heroin possession in Chicago. Police said they saw Herron on Friday with a packet that contained heroin.

Prosecutors said in court Saturday that Herron, 62, has been arrested dozens of times and has at least seven felony convictions. He was held in jail on $25,000 bail.

Herron, nicknamed “Mini Mack” because he stood 5-foot-5, joined the Patriots in 1973 after starring in the Canadian Football League following his college career at Kansas State. In 1974, he set an NFL record with 2,444 all-purpose yards. He spent three seasons in New England before joining the Falcons for one season.

But troubles with drugs led to problems for Herron, who in 1978 was sentenced to five years in prison on cocaine trafficking charges. He received at least two other prison sentences in the 2000s.

In a story in the Chicago Sun-Times, Herron’s family members said they thought he had moved past his drug problems, calling him a devout Muslim who does not drink or smoke.

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