Ex-NFL player admits selling oxycodone, ecstasy for international drug ring – The San…

Ex-NFL player Derek Loville is the latest to plead guilty in an investigation into a global drug and gambling enterprise run by former USC football player Owen Hanson.

Loville — who played for the Denver Broncos, Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers — pleaded guilty in San Diego federal court Tuesday to a racketeering conspiracy. Specifically, he admitted to trafficking drugs, including oxycodone and ecstasy, in the Phoenix area and elsewhere for Hanson’s criminal operation, called ODOG.

His involvement began in June 2011, according to the plea agreement. 

Loville won three Super Bowls during his nine-year NFL career in the 1990s, one with the 49ers and two with the Broncos. The Scottsdale, Ariz., resident was among 22 people indicted in the case in January 2016.

Hanson, who pleaded guilty last month, admitted to trafficking several other drugs as part of his operation in the U.S. and Australia, including cocaine and methamphetamine. He also distributed steroids and human growth hormone to “numerous” professional athletes, his plea states.

All but two defendants have pleaded guilty in the case.

Co-defendant Charlie D’Agostino, 52, died in an apparent suicide days before he was set to plead guilty last week to his role in the gambling side of Hanson’s operation. D’Agostino, who was accused of being a bookmaker, was Hanson’s business partner at 3Ten Development, a real estate development firm in the Los Angeles area.

“He was so devastated by the thought of a felony conviction. For an otherwise law-abiding citizen to be indicted by the federal government for what amounts to betting on sports is an upending process,” D’Agostino’s lawyer, Gretchen von Helms, said.

The sports betting business was based in Central and South America and took bets via phone lines or a website. Hanson staffed the business with a number of bookies, runners and enforcers, sometimes using violence and threats to collect. 

The FBI began investigating Hanson after he was identified as a player in another offshore betting ring. Agents were also tipped off by a professional gambler, Robert “RJ” Cipriani, who said Hanson tried to get him to launder illegal proceeds by gambling in Australian casinos.

kristina.davis@sduniontribune.com

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