Former Cowboys Player Faces Prison For Drug Ring

DALLAS (AP) – A Los Angeles man must serve more than 24 years in prison for leading what prosecutors say was a drug ring that included ex-Dallas Cowboy Kurt Vollers.

A federal judge in Dallas on Friday sentenced 35-year-old John Patrick Newton.

Newton in April 2010 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana, maintaining a drug-involved premise, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Investigators say Newton, sentenced to 292 months, leased an apartment in Irving to store, distribute and manufacture marijuana.

Vollers and two other co-defendants last spring pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute marijuana. Vollers faces a maximum 40 years in prison when he’s sentenced March 25.

Vollers played for the Cowboys from 2002 to 2004. He played for the Indianapolis Colts in 2005.

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One Comment

  1. chris says:

    for pot really? and how many people have died from their pot overdose? and how many from alcohol poisoning? I guess thats beside the point. For all of those who fear facts out there… one has dies from marijuana use.

    1. Bill says:

      Really Chris, Where you been living? How about all the ODs from Crack/MJ addicts, or the Heroin/MJ addicts, or the DUIs/ fatalities, or the MJ growers shooting it out with police and citizens. Not to mention the murders in Mexico. How naive can some be?

      1. My2cents says:

        All that stuff that stuff that you just stated is really irrelevant.

      2. Bob says:

        Bill, you ever think most of the problems you just described is because of the Drug War. More people probably die from drug prohibition than drugs.

  2. King Ralph says:

    Unbelievable. On the same page is a headline about a man who left a home made bomb in front of his ex-wife’s house and got 10 years in a Federal prison. Vollers is looking at 40 years for selling pot. Obviously this country has no sense of justice or fairness.

    1. Bob says:

      King Ralph, I think it fair to say that our criminal justice system should be retitled our criminal injustice system.

  3. My2cents says:

    Just seems like a waste of space in orison and tax payers money. All those years and dollars for marij?

  4. brandon says:

    Thats not right. Thats too long. Theres murderers out there that dont get that kind of sentence. Absolutely RIDICULOUS!

  5. tammy says:

    whatever happened to the punishment should fit the crime oand/or the crime fit the punishment.This is a good example of why most of the non violent crimes and the violent crimes are all housed and treated the same so when the non violent offenders are worse when they do get out than when they went in.I mean we dont put first graders in the same school as high schoolers,its bad enough there transported on the same bus ride home,I remember all the things that I learned on the school bus,or what i thought i knew too much of the wrong kind of peer pressure in any situation,needs to be examined and thought of when convicting ,or this one size fits all laws are not working thats where we need to go back to the drawing board and try to save the future of this country for our kids who will be living with all these inmates that they will have to deal with………thank you

  6. Hemroidious says:

    Oink, oink !

  7. JN says:


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