Report: Patriots' Kaczur had 202 pills when he was arrested

Updated: July 19, 2008, 2:25 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

When New England Patriots offensive lineman Nick Kaczur was arrested in upstate New York in April, he had 202 OxyContin pills labeled as being made in Canada, according to police reports, The Boston Globe reported.

Kaczur was arrested in New York on April 27 after police said a small amount of OxyContin was found in his truck following a traffic stop. Kaczur then helped federal authorities arrest the man who was allegedly supplying him with the drug, according to the alleged dealer's attorney.

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Next week, Kaczur is scheduled to be arraigned in Whitestown, N.Y., town court on a charge of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree, a misdemeanor. OxyContin, a powerful and potentially addictive prescription painkiller, is also sold as a street drug as its effects mirror those of heroin.

According to police reports, Kaczur, who was returning from his hometown of Brantford, Ontario, had the pills in his pocket when he was pulled over on April 27 on the New York State Thruway in Whitestown, just west of Utica.

A spokesman for the company that makes the pills and a drug industry specialist said the pills, each marked CDN on one side, were made in Canada and imprinted to help prevent cross-border smuggling of OxyContin, according to The Globe.

The attorney for the suspected drug dealer, Daniel Ekasala, said his client was not the source of the pills police found in Kaczur's truck. Ekasala, who allegedly sold OxyContin to Kaczur three times while Kaxzur was a cooperating witness for federal officials, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of possession of oxycodone with intent to distribute.

Ekasala's attorney, Bernard Grossberg, disputed Kaczur's assertion that Ekasala sold him pills marked CDN, according to the report.

"Those are Canadian pills, and Ekasala is not the source of those pills," Grossberg said, according to The Globe. "It just begins to raise questions about Kaczur's credibility."

Kaczur's attorney, Steven J. Comen, declined to comment on the report. "Out of respect for the ongoing legal process, we cannot comment at this time," he said, according to The Globe.

Friday, Patriots spokesman Stacey James said "I will confirm that he is still on the team, but we are not providing additional comment," the newspaper reported.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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