Patriot's OxyContin link sentenced

Dec. 11, 2008 at 12:21 PM
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BOSTON, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Authorities say Daniel Ekasala has been sentenced to 43 months in prison for selling 300 OxyContin pills to New England Patriots lineman Nick Kaczur.

Ekasala, 35, a former Massachusetts State House aide, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young, The Boston Globe reported Thursday.

Kaczur went undercover for federal drug agents after he was stopped for speeding in New York in April while allegedly carrying 202 OxyContin pills, police allege.

Kaczur in May then bought the 300 OxyContin pills from Ekasala, who tried to convince Kaczur to stop using OxyContin even as he was selling Kaczur the pills, Young said.

"I am satisfied that you did counsel (Kaczur) to stop his drug use," Young told Ekasala.

Prosecutors said they were convinced no other members of the New England Patriots were involved in the drug scheme, the Globe reported.

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