DANBURY — A Newtown man, who is a former National Football League player accused of having illegally sold potent prescription painkillers at his home in April and May, on July 15 had his case continued to August 5 in Danbury Superior Court.
Gennaro DiNapoli, 39, of White Oak Farm Road, in June pleaded not guilty to two counts of illegal sale of narcotics. Those charges stem from a US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) investigation.
DiNapoli, who is represented by attorney Gerald Hecht, is free on $150,000 bail on the drug charges.
On May 30, DEA agents, assisted by Newtown police, charged DiNapoli, arresting him on a warrant listing the two criminal offenses.
Authorities allege that DiNapoli sold the painkillers at his home to an unidentified person working on behalf of the DEA. Newtown police have had no comment on the arrest, referring questions on the matter to the DEA.
Also, on May 30, the DEA executed a search-and-seizure warrant at DiNapoli’s home, confiscating a variety of items that will be the subject of forensic study in the ongoing drug investigation.
The DEA alleges that DiNapole sold 330 oxycodone pills for $6,200 to the person working on behalf of the DEA.
DiNapoli played as a lineman for the Oakland Raiders, Tennessee Titans, and Dallas Cowboys. He played in the NFL from 1998 to 2004. He played college football for Virginia Tech. DiNapoli was drafted in the fourth round of the 1998 NFL draft.