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Patriots’ Ty Law Fined for Drug

December 19, 2000

FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) _ New England Patriots cornerback Ty Law was stopped and fined by U.S. Customs officials in Niagara Falls, N.Y., on Monday for possession of the drug Ecstasy.

Law, who played in the 1998 Pro Bowl, was stopped at 5:30 a.m. as he crossed over the Rainbow Bridge from Canada, said Mark MacVittie, chief inspector with the Customs Service in Buffalo. The Patriots played the Bills on Sunday in Buffalo.

Inspectors found three pills of Ecstasy and four partially crushed pills in Law’s bag. The pills were later tested and came up positive for MDMA, commonly known as Ecstasy, MacVittie said.

The inspectors contacted federal prosecutors, who said they would decline to prosecute because of the small quantity involved. Law was issued an administrative penalty of $700, which he paid on the spot before being released.

The only other person in the car, Tania Edwards, was fined $500 for possession of a marijuana cigarette, MacVittie said.

``At this time, we have no additional information,″ Patriots spokesman Stacey James said. He said the team was looking into the matter and no disciplinary action has been taken.

The Patriots flew home Sunday after their 13-10 overtime win over Buffalo, which improved their record to 5-10. It was played in strong winds and snow that increased as the game went on.

James said Law, along with wide receivers Troy Brown and Terry Glenn, were given permission by the team to return late because of the inclement weather and were told to be back for a team meeting that began about 1 p.m. in Foxboro.

Law, who has started all 15 games this season, was not seen in the locker room during a 45-minute period that ended at 1 p.m. when the media are allowed in the room.

James said all three were at the team meeting.

Law, a first-round draft pick for the Patriots out of Michigan in 1995, signed a seven-year contract extension last Aug. 20.

He has 22 career interceptions, ninth on the Patriots’ career list.

The Patriots end their season next Sunday with a home game against Miami.

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