FBI: Ecstasy Dealer Supplied Drug To O.J. Simpson

MIAMI (AP) - An Ecstasy dealer supplied the illegal drug to retired football star O.J. Simpson (pictured, right) and six other people, an FBI agent testified Monday at the federal drug conspiracy trial of an Ohio developer.

FBI agent Chris Piersza testified at the trial of Mark Nowakowski, a Toldeo, Ohio man who is among nine people indicted in November on drug distribution conspiracy charges. Simpson was not indicted, but his house was searched by the FBI.

Simpson attorney Yale Galanter denied his client received even a single Ecstasy pill from the admitted dealer, Andrew Anderson, who was known to Simpson as Adrian Burke.

"If any FBI agent is claiming that O.J. Simpson actually took possession of any narcotic at all, he is greatly mistaken," Galanter said.

Nowakowski could face a 20-year prison sentence if convicted of conspiring with intent to distribute Ecstasy.

Co-defendants John Thorburn and Anderson pleaded guilty rather than go to trial. Thorburn testified he was the middleman in the sale of Ecstasy obtained from Anderson and sold to Nowakowski.

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