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Ex-NFL Player Arrested on Drug Charges in El Reno

Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017


The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

An El Reno gas station clerk called police Monday night after noticing a car sitting outside the station for half an hour, its driver behaving erratically and getting in and out of the car.

When police showed up, a responding officer thought the man in question appeared to be under the influence of drugs. He also thought the man looked very familiar. When he heard the suspect's name, the officer thought that also sounded familiar. He asked the man why that name sounded familiar, why he might know him from somewhere.

Turns out the suspect, Kevin Sampson, was a former NFL player, a tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2006.

Unfortunately for Sampson, things don't seem to be going so well for him now. Police suspected that he was under the influence of drugs, and Sampson told them he was taking Adderall, a drug used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

However, when police called in the drug dogs, the canines reportedly found a pound and a half of marijuana, marijuana seeds, and a stolen shotgun.

Sampson told the officers that the gun was a Christmas gift from an unnamed friend, and that the marijuana was used for chronic pain from old football injuries.

El Reno Police Lt. Van Gillock said Sampson's explanation did not add up. "There were no rolling papers, no pipes, no items for consumption. There was a set of scales. And, marijuana’s legal in California, so it seems odd to leave the state to go get marijuana to bring back."

Sampson was arrested on a complaint of marijuana possession with intent to distribute and subsequently released on bond. 

Under Oklahoma law, even as a first offense, possession with intent to distribute marijuana or other CDS is a felony with a mandatory minimum sentence of 2 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000. Read more about Oklahoma drug distribution laws.
 

 


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