Thursday, December 13, 2001

Former Cowboys lineman arrested again on drug charges

Deja vu drug bust

Associated Press Writer

        DALLAS — Former Dallas Cowboys lineman Nate Newton was arrested Wednesday on charges of carrying at least 175 pounds of marijuana, his second such arrest in six weeks.

        Newton, facing a federal charge of possession with intent to distribute marijuana, was being held at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center pending action by prosecutors, Dallas County Sheriff's Department spokesman Don Peritz said.

        On Nov. 4, Newton was arrested in Louisiana after police said they found 213 pounds of marijuana in a van he was driving. He was released on $100,000 bond on charges of suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute.

        Peritz said Drug Enforcement Administration agents flagged down Dallas County officers on a highway Wednesday to seek help stopping two vehicles that were traveling together.

        Newton and two other men were arrested. Further details of the arrest were not immediately disclosed.

        Phil Haney, the prosecutor in the Louisiana case, said Newton will likely be arraigned there in January, but that his latest arrest could affect the case.

        “This certainly could impact his bail,” Haney told The Dallas Morning News. “Once we get all the facts, I'm sure the judge would be real interested in revisiting the issue.”

        Newton's lawyer in the Louisiana case, Howard Shapiro, said Wednesday night he hadn't been contacted by Newton and didn't know the circumstances surrounding the latest charges.

        Newton is a six-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman who helped Dallas win three Super Bowls. He spent 14 seasons in the NFL, 13 with Dallas. He retired last year after a season with Carolina.

        The 39-year-old Newton worked last year as a commentator on ESPN radio and more recently was an analyst for some BET television college football broadcasts.


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