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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Reality show winner arrested on oxycodone charge in North Reading

The grand prize winner of last year's CBS reality show "Big Brother," arrested Saturday in Massachusetts on an oxycodone distribution charge, allegedly told federal investigators that he used his winnings to purchase large amounts of the drug.

Adam Jasinski of Delray Beach, Fla., was arrested at a North Reading strip mall and faces a charge of possession with intent to distribute oxycodone.

Jasinski allegedly agreed with a cooperating government witness to sell the witness 2,000 oxycodone pills. Jasinski flew from his home in Florida to Massachusetts on Saturday to deliver the drugs, according to an affidavit filed Monday in federal court by a Drug Enforcement Administration agent in support of the charges.

The agent wrote that Jasinski and the witness met at Logan International Airport. On the drive to North Reading, Jasinski allegedly removed a sock from his "pelvic area" containing two plastic bags full of small blue pills.

When the two men stopped at the strip mall, agents approached the car. Jasinski allegedly struggled with agents and threw the sock under an adjacent parked car.

But after waiving his Miranda rights, the affidavit said, "Jasinski stated that for the past several months he had been obtaining thousands of pills of oxycodone and reselling them to customers all along the east coast."

"Jasinski was able to purchase large quantities of pills because he had received $500,000 as the grand prize winner of the CBS reality television show 'Big Brother Season 9,'" the affidavit said.

Jasinski made an initial appearance in court Monday. Jasinski is in the custody of the US Marshals until a detention hearing before US Magistrate Judge Leo T. Sorokin on Thursday.

Jasinski's defense attorney, Valerie S. Carter, didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.