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Ex-football player facing drug charges in Connecticut

Agents with the DEA claim that abuse of prescription painkillers is on the rise in Connecticut. That thought may have been what led Connecticut authorities to suspect a former professional football player of illegally selling drugs. He has since been arrested on drug charges, although he has posted bail.

The former NFL lineman allegedly sold prescription medication to an undercover agent out of his Connecticut home. Police claim that an unnamed man paid $3,000 in order to purchase 160 pills of oxycodone. A separate controlled purchase forked out $3,200 for 170 pills. After those transactions supposedly took place, he was arrested on charges of multiple drug offenses.

The same day as his arrest, authorities searched the man’s home, confiscating several items. Police claim to have seized multiple firearms, at least one cell phone and various paperwork, among other items. Additionally, the search warrant also allows for the seizure of digital media that police believe may be relevant.

The former football player is currently out of police custody on $150,000 bail. The drug charges against him include two counts for the illegal sale of prescription painkillers. Although the sale and distribution of prescription medication is a pressing problem in today’s society, it is imperative that those accused of such crimes be granted the full protection of the law as they move forward with their case. The innocence of the accused must be maintained during court proceedings, as the burden of proof lies with the prosecutor pursuing the charges, and not with the defendant.

Source: The Newtown Bee, "Former NFL Player Arrested At His Newtown Home On Drug Charges", Andrew Gorosko, June 12, 2014

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