Drugs Are Bad
Okay, I too am one of the masses who has been bombarded with the tale of Nick Kaczur's arrest and subsequent aide in the DEA's sting operation to bust his dealers.
The media is painting Kaczur a pseudo-hero for helping take down his suppliers. I've heard support for the great "community service" Kaczur has done in assisting law enforcement in this endeavor. Honestly, it makes me sick.
The more detailed articles have actually cited numbers - Kaczur was buying 100 80 mg OxyContin (a pill with $60-80 street value) pills "every couple days" for $3900, putting him in position to make a great profit. According to Kaczur, he was doing it for a friend - to put that in perspective, even users with a hardcore pain reliever addiction could make it for weeks on 100 Oxy 80s.
By and large, the general public seems to be dismissing this as another case of an NFL player who got caught with drugs. This incident was kept under-wraps for over a month. Why? Because Kaczur was DEEP in the business, and the DEA acknowledged that, and "asked for his help" (i.e., offered him a plea bargain to narc) in the matter. Take it from someone with experience, the DEA does not involve casual drug users in sting operations. According to the dealer's representative, said dealer, Daniel Ekasala, has records of multiple text messages sent to Kaczur advising him that what he was doing wasn't smart, and that he should stop.
The grim reality is this: a (relatively) esteemed NFL player on a respected franchise was caught with an amount of drugs FAR beyond what can be classified as "for personal consumption": i.e., Nick Kaczur was a drug dealer. Although it's unlikely he personally was doing the dirty work, it's undeniable with the quantity of narcotics he was moving and the amount he was paying, the man was selling, likely through a middleman peon.
Despite copping a deal with authorities, which was more than likely to prevent a distribution charge, this is without a doubt the most serious offense by any NFL player since Michael Vick