Patriots Lineman Arrested, Turns Informant

A published report by a Boston newspaper indicates that Patriots offensive lineman Nick Kaczur was involved with a drug arrest and sting operation. The lineman's legal troubles over a controlled substance, could lead to team and/or league action.

Patriots' offensive lineman Nick Kaczur was arrested on drug charges in April according to the Boston Globe. New York State police pulled the Ontario native over for speeding on April 27th. A search of the vehicle revealed that Kaczur was in possession of regulated pain medication Oxycodon that he did not have a prescription for.

After the arrest, Kaczur began assisting law enforcement in a sting operation to catch the supplier, Daniel Ekasala, according to the Globe. Court documents indicate that a cooperating witness assisted authorities in a sting operation by wearing a hidden recording device. The witness was identified as Kaczur by Ekasala's attorney.

The Patriots had no comment on the developing situation. NFL spokesman Greg Aeillo indicated that violations of the leagues substance policy puts players at risk of increasing levels of league punishment. Suspension for four games is a typical punishment for first time violations of the substance policy.

Kaczur's arrest is the latest detrimental development for the Patriots who suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII in February. The team signed veteran offensive lineman Oliver Ross on Monday. Ross, a 10-year veteran tackle, is expected to see action at right tackle - Kaczur's position.

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