SAN DIEGO – Chargers strong safety Terrence Kiel admitted to shipping at least two parcels of prescription cough syrup to Texas, DEA officials said Wednesday, a day after the player was arrested at team headquarters.
While Kiel did not tell the DEA his motive, the agency in Texas has found widespread abuse of codeine-based cough syrup mixed with soft drinks or drugs and referred to as “lean,” said John S. Fernandes, the special agent in charge of the San Diego office. A pint bottle of “lean” can cost between $200 and $325 on the street, he said.
Kiel grew up in Lufkin and played at Texas A&M.
Kiel was arrested on two counts of transporting a controlled substance and three counts of possession for sale of a controlled substance. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday.
The DEA is investigating where Kiel got the cough syrup, who else may be involved and the intent.
Two federal law enforcement officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, said quart bottles full of what appears to be prescription cough syrup were found at Kiel’s house. Both officials said Kiel admitted to financial difficulties when interviewed by agents.
Kiel is making $500,000 this year, his fourth with the Chargers.
Kiel’s status for Sunday’s game at Baltimore was not immediately known. He was jailed Tuesday and released on bail.
I suppose Kiel can have a sick relative back in Texas. Cough…cough but wouldn’t going to the neighborhood pharmacy be cheaper and faster?
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