After Drug Arrest, Pats Lineman Aids in Bust

Kaczur helps cops nab dealer of prescription painkiller OxyContin
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2008 12:18 PM CDT
New England Patriots offensive tackle Nick Kaczur and offensive guard Stephen Neal laugh at a reporter's question during a media availability before their team lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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(Newser) – New England Patriots offensive tackle Nicholas Kaczur wore a wire to help authorities nail a drug dealer after he was arrested in April for possession of prescription painkillers, the Boston Globe reported yesterday. The 28-year-old starter secretly recorded three $3,900 OxyContin transactions with Daniel Ekasala, sources say. But Kaczur denies helping out, saying, "I don't know what you're talking about, bro."

A Drug Enforcement Agency affidavit mentions an unnamed witness who had admitted to purchasing 100 pills of the prescription painkiller every few days since last fall. Ekasala's lawyer, along with two anonymous sources, confirmed that buyer was Kaczur. A Patriots spokesman said Kaczur is still on the team, and deferred "all questions on this matter to the appropriate law enforcement officials."