Friday, December 14, 2001

Newton denying latest drug charge


Former Cowboy found with 175 pounds of pot

The Associated Press

        DALLAS — Former Dallas Cowboys lineman Nate Newton was not in a car where police found 175 pounds of marijuana, his lawyer said Thursday.

        “Nate maintains his innocence,” attorney Howard Shapiro said after Newton's appearance before a federal magistrate on the drug charge. “He's made mistakes in the past, but this was not one of them.”

        Newton and two others were arrested Wednesday while driving in two cars south of Dallas. Police said they found 175 pounds of marijuana in one of the cars.

        It was Newton's second drug arrest in two months.

        Newton was in federal custody on a federal charge of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Dallas County Sheriff's Department spokesman Don Peritz said Newton was transferred to federal custody Thursday.

        A detention hearing was set for today for Newton, who remains in custody, and Shapiro said he will ask the judge to set bail. Prosecutors do not want Newton released.

        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.

        Phil Haney, the prosecutor in the Louisiana case, said Newton probably will be arraigned there in January.

        Newton, a six-time Pro Bowl lineman, helped Dallas win three Super Bowls before retiring last year.

       



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