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Romanowski Drug Trial Set to Start

June 20, 2001

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) _ Denver Broncos linebacker Bill Romanowski will go to trial Tuesday on charges he illegally received a prescription drug.

He is accused of obtaining the appetite suppressant phentermine that had been prescribed for his wife, Julie, and a family friend. Phentermine also acts as a stimulant to the central nervous system.

A judge ruled that statements the player and his wife made to investigators in 1999 could not be used because the investigators illegally entered the couple’s home. But District Attorney Jim Peters says there is enough evidence to proceed.

Bill Romanowski is charged with one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, two counts of conspiracy and one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and deceit.

Julie Romanowski is charged with eight counts of illegally obtaining diet pills and one count of conspiracy. Her trial is scheduled Aug. 14.

Dr. Randall Snook pleaded guilty to providing the diet pills and was sentenced to 18 months’ probation.

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