A local man, who is a former National Football League player, is scheduled for arraignment on Tuesday, June 17, in Danbury Superior Court, following his May 30 arrest on two counts of illegal sale of narcotics.
Authorities allege that Gennaro L. DiNapoli, 39, of White Oak Farm Road, in April and May sold potent prescription painkillers at his home to an unidentified person working on behalf of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
DEA agents accompanied by town police served an arrest warrant against DiNapoli on May 30, charging him with the two drug offenses. DiNapoli is free on $150,000 bail.
Newtown police had no comment on the arrest, referring questions on the matter to the DEA.
On May 30, the DEA also 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.
According to unsealed court records, the DEA agents seized items including five shotguns, two rifles, four handguns, numerous boxes of assorted ammunition in various calibers, loaded and unloaded ammunition magazines, a cellphone, eight assorted pharmaceutical bottles containing pills for DiNapoli and another person, a box of lidocaine patches, and miscellaneous financial paperwork.
The search-and-seizure warrant additionally gave police the authority to seize any digital media that may contain evidence of illegal activity.
According to the court papers, the DEA is seeking to stem the rise of prescription narcotic abuse in the state through drug enforcement projects.
As part of such an enforcement project, DEA agents contacted Middlebury police and learned of a large amount of prescription narcotic abuse in that town and surrounding towns.
Middlebury police told the DEA agents that prescription narcotic abuse among younger people in Middlebury has been getting progressively worse during the past several years and has led to an increase in burglaries and larcenies there.
A “cooperating source” was then found to assist the DEA and to purchase prescription narcotics as part of the DEA’s drug enforcement project.
Through that person, the DEA learned that DiNapoli was selling 30-milligram oxycodone pills at his Newtown residence, according to the court papers.
In April, the source made a “controlled purchase” of 160 oxycodone pills for $3,000 from DiNapoli at his home, according to the court documents.
In May, the source made a similar purchase of 170 oxycodone pills for $3,200 from DiNapoli there, the documents state.
The source used a covert audio recorder during the transactions to collect evidence, according to the court papers.
DEA agents documented the drug purchases for use as evidence in the prosecution of DiNapoli.
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.