September 28th, 2006 10:31 EST
NFL Player Terrence Kiel Arrested
Yesterday afternoon San Diego Charger Terrence Kiel was arrested at the Charger’s practice facility, according to DEA Special Agent in Charge John S. Fernandes. The ongoing investigation undertaken by DEA’s Diversion Control Group targeted Kiel’s role in the diversion of a Schedule V controlled substance, Codeine-based cough syrup.
DEA SAC John S. Fernandes said, “How unfortunate, once again, that a professional athlete makes a choice which detracts from his talent and ability, drawing attention instead to poor decision making . Actions like those of Mr. Kiel simply add fuel to the already raging fire of prescription drug abuse in our country.”
Kiel was arrested on 2 charges of H&S 11352 (Transporting a Controlled Substance) and 3 charges of H&S 11351 (Possession for sale of a controlled substance) based upon his having shipped at least two parcels containing the substance to Texas. Kiel admitted to shipping the two parcels brought to his attention by investigators and admitted knowing their contents. While Kiel did not comment on the motive behind the shipments, a DEA trend in Texas notes widespread abuse of Codeine-based cough syrup; mixed with soft drinks and referred to as “lean”, a pint bottle can cost between $200-325 per bottle on the street.
A June 2005 National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) study revealed that more people abuse prescription drugs than cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants and heroin combined, noting that 2.3 million kids abused legal medications during the period of the study, most notably at “pharming” parties where young people often gather to use prescription –restricted substances.
“Doctor shopping”, forged prescriptions, and pharmacy theft are the most common methods of diversion today and lend themselves to the procurement of controlled substances by those with no true medical necessity.
The District Attorney’s Office Narcotics Division anticipates receiving the case from DEA later this week and will make its filing decision by Monday, October 2nd in time for Kiel’s scheduled October 3rd arraignment.