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Newspaper: Drug Dealers Describe O.J. Simpson Cocaine Use

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Admitted drug dealers have told federal agents that former football star O.J. Simpson went on cocaine binges and late-night drug buys in Florida, The Blade newspaper reported.

Andrew Anderson, a dealer in an international narcotics ring who is awaiting sentencing on drug charges, told investigators he stayed at Simpson's suburban Miami home and supplied Simpson (pictured, above) and his girlfriends with Ecstasy, according to confidential FBI documents obtained by the newspaper for a copyrighted story on Sunday.

Other admitted dealers, tied to Anderson's Ecstasy ring, told investigators they snorted cocaine with Simpson as far back as 1999, and sold it to him as recently as seven months ago, The Blade reported.

Informed of the Toledo story, Simpson told The Associated Press, "It's all untrue. I don't do drugs. I don't sell drugs. I don't buy drugs ... It should be obvious to everyone that it's totally untrue or I would have been arrested."

Federal agents raided Simpson's house on Dec. 4 as part of an investigation into a drug ring that imported hundreds of thousands of Ecstasy pills from Holland. The ring also was tied to money laundering and satellite TV equipment theft. Simpson was not charged in the raid.

A federal jury acquitted a Toledo developer, Mark Nowakowski, in March of charges stemming from the raid. An FBI agent testified during Nowakowski's trial that Anderson supplied Ecstasy to Simpson. Simpson's attorney, Yale Galanter, denied the agent's allegation.

Anderson and co-defendant John Thorburn pleaded guilty in February to charges in the case and face up to 20 years in prison.

The Blade reported that it examined more than 200 pages of documents, including transcripts of FBI wiretaps and witness statements from late 1999 to November 2001. About a dozen of those records related to Simpson, including reports by detectives who watched the former NFL running back and actor's ranch-style home.

One of the wiretaps led to Nowakowski's arrest because an acquaintance in Miami used his cell phone to make a drug deal, according to the federal documents, which the Toledo developer obtained for his defense and gave to the newspaper.

One of the drug ring's admitted dealers, Zenaida Galvez, told FBI agents that Simpson and a former girlfriend knocked on her door at all hours looking to buy cocaine, The Blade reported. Galvez said the two called her so often for drugs that she changed her cell phone number.

Thorburn told agents earlier this year that he snorted cocaine with Simpson throughout the night at a party in December 1999. On another occasion, Simpson went to several strip clubs in south Florida and snorted cocaine "the entire evening," while out with Galvez, Anderson and others, according to an FBI report.

Galvez also told the FBI that Simpson bought 2.5 grams of cocaine for $100 to celebrate his acquittal in October 2001 in a case in which he was accused of grabbing a man's glasses and scratching his face during a traffic argument.

Simpson, speaking Saturday night by phone from his home in Kendall, Fla., told AP that he knew Anderson, but not very well.

"I live a simple lifestyle. I raise my kids. I play golf. I don't do drugs, and no drug dealer has ever stayed in my house," Simpson said. Simpson's attorney told The Blade his client knew Anderson because he visited a massage parlor Anderson owned.

Simpson said he believes his name came forward in the drug investigation because "it's a non-story if I'm not in it."

Simpson moved to Florida from California with his two children after a civil jury ordered him to pay $33.5 million for the 1994 murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman in Los Angeles. A jury earlier acquitted him of criminal charges in the slayings.

(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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