O.J. Simpson's home searched

Dec. 4, 2001 at 1:23 PM
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MIAMI, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration agents served a search warrant on the Miami home of O.J. Simpson as part of a drug investigation but the former football star has not been arrested or indicted and his attorney said no drugs were found.

The search was part of a two-year investigation into smuggling the drug ecstasy, money laundering and sales of television satellite cards.

The agents arrived at the home at 6 a.m. and remained until shortly after noon when they loaded several boxes into two cars. Simpson left about two hours after police arrived. His attorney, Yale Galanter, was also at the home but remained less than an hour. Both returned before the agents left.

FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said the investigation was named Operation X and had resulted in two arrests in Chicago and seven in Miami. She said two people were at large, one of them in Brazil.

They face drug charges, along with charges of money laundering. There were unconfirmed reports illegal satellite television descramblers were involved.

There also was a report that Simpson attracted attention because of a telephone tap on which his voice was heard talking to one of those who were indicted. Galanter said Simpson's name was heard on the tape but not his voice.

"There were no illegal substances found in his home. There was no arrest this morning and there is no reason to believe Mr. Simpson committed any crime," Galanter said.

He said agents did confiscate satellite dishes and cards Simpson brought with him when he moved from California to Miami.

"They were taken, but this warrant was not about satellite dishes or satellite cards," Galanter said.

Simpson was acquitted by a circuit court jury in Miami this fall of burglary and battery involved in a road rage incident a year ago. He was accused of reaching into a car and grabbing another motorist's eyeglasses, inflicting a small cut on the man's temple.

The jury ruled there was no evidence Simpson reached into the car.

Simpson was acquitted of the June 1994 slayings of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in a trial that was televised nationally. A civil trial was held later and held Simpson liable for the two slayings. He was ordered to pay their families $33 million in damages.

He moved to Miami-Dade County in September 2000. He has appeared on police reports three other times since October 1999, all for disputes with his girlfriend, Christie Prody. No charges were filed in any of the incidents.

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