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Posted: 6/25/2003 3:19:54 PM EDT
Cardinals Quickly Drop McKinley After Drug Arrest Allegedly Head of Trafficking Ring Compiled From Wire Reports PHOENIX (June 24) -- Arizona Cardinals backup fullback Dennis McKinley and three other men were arrested as suspects in an investigation into an international drug ring. Police say McKinley, who had his contract terminated by the Cardinals hours after his arrest, is the ringleader and rented a warehouse where marijuana shipments from Mexico were stored. McKinley was taken into custody Tuesday morning after members of the Phoenix police department's drug enforcement bureau executed five search warrants throughout the city. Other suspects were arrested in New York, police said. The four men were accused of buying marijuana that had been smuggled in from Mexico, repackaging it in Phoenix and then transporting it via tractor trailer to major cities in the United States, including New York, Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland. The investigation resulted in 34 indictments and 27 search warrants. Not all of the other suspects have been arrested, authorities said. "We think we've got the conspiracy taken care of,'' Assistant Attorney General Don Conrad said. McKinley, who was in jail Tuesday and couldn't be reached for comment, has appeared in 58 games for the Cardinals over four seasons. He has primarily played on special teams and as a reserve fullback since the Cardinals drafted him in 1999. "This is a very serious criminal matter,'' said Michael Bidwell, Cardinals vice president and a former federal prosecutor. "Dennis has engaged in personal conduct that adversely reflects on our organization.'' Authorities say they began investigating the operation after an August 2002 shooting netted $225,000 in cash and injured one of the suspected ringleaders. The shooting was the result of drug buyers discovering that $250,000 worth of marijuana that they had bought was actually hay disguised as the drug. "This didn't start as an investigation into McKinley, it started as a drug investigation that led to McKinley,'' Phoenix police spokesman Randy Force said. Wiretaps and video surveillance of the warehouse were used to track at least three shipments, Conrad said. The investigation has netted 1,500 pounds of marijuana, two tractor-trailers, nine vehicles, 11 guns and $470,600 in cash. McKinley was arrested at his Ahwatukee Foothills apartment Tuesday morning. Copyright 2003 The Associated Press and SportsTicker. The information contained in the AP and SportsTicker news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press and SportsTicker. All active hyperlinks have been inserted by AOL. Produced by SportsLine
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Looks like he can join Bam Morris playing football in Marion... Why the fuck does someone who is making over a million a year LEAGALLY- and that is just his salary not including endorsements ect.- doing involved in this kind of crap? What kind of twisted mentality would beleve that this is worth the risk? Does he still feel the need to fit in with his homies back in the hood? And the only way to please them is to commit major felonies? Its very dangerous to be a drug dealer in Maracopa county right now. We got a dozen or more bodies of Juan Does found in the deserts of the south and western parts of the county in the last 18months that the cororner hasn't been even able to identify. The suspicion is that they are drug mules. They are just looking for someone to hang those murders on.
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 3:31:02 PM EDT
You can take the boy out of the 'hood but you cant take the 'hood out of the boy.
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 5:20:43 PM EDT
The shooting was the result of drug buyers discovering that $250,000 worth of marijuana that they had bought was actually hay disguised as the drug.
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Hey man...! This shit won't get a fly high!
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 5:43:56 PM EDT
If you're gonna' be stupid you gotta' be tough!!!
Link Posted: 6/25/2003 5:46:59 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 6/25/2003 5:48:24 PM EDT by LotBoy]
Oh no! Another pro-football player in trouble with the law.[rolleyes]
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