Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was indicted on federal drug charges by a grand jury in Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the NFL's leading rusher in the 2003 season has been accused of conspiring to distribute cocaine from June 23, 2000, until July 19, 2000.
The indictment handed down at 4:00 p.m. (et) charges Lewis with one count of conspiracy to intentionally possess with the intent to distribute cocaine. An additional count charges the 24-year-old Lewis with using a wireless communication device to carry out the conspiracy.
The paper reported that "the indictment says the conspiracy involved 'at least 5 kilograms of a mixture and substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine.'"
According to Lewis' attorney, his client will plead innocent to both charges.
In addition to recording the second-highest single-season yardage total in NFL history (2,066 yards) in 2003, Lewis also broke the NFL's single-game rushing record with a 295-yard effort against Cleveland on September 14.
Lewis was suspended four games by the NFL in November of 2001 for a repeat violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
Though the suspension did not cause him to miss any games that year, because the running back was already out for the season with a torn ACL in his left knee, it did cost him $232,941 in salary.
The University of Tennessee product was Baltimore's first-round pick in the 2000 draft (fifth overall), and rushed for 1,364 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie when the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV.