Thursday, November 01, 2007

Black Sheep; Garrett Reid admits to being drug dealer

Garrett Reid. the son of Eagles head coach Andy Reid, admitted that he has been selling drugs since the summer of 2002 during a sentencing hearing Thursday before Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill.

That didn't sit well with O'Neill, who sentenced Reid to two to 23 months in prison with the chance to apply for early parole.

The Judge also issued a stern rebuke to Andy Reid, who was in the courtroom with his wife, Tammy. O'Neill likened the Reid household to "a drug emporium" and questioned whether his adult sons should live there.

"There isn't any structure there that this court can depend upon," O'Neill said. "I'm saying this is a family in crisis."

Garrett Reid said he enjoyed dealing in North Philadelphia and liked feeling powerful.

"I liked being the rich kid in that area and having my own high status life," Reid said in a statement read by the judge. "I could go anywhere in the 'hood. They all knew who I was. I enjoyed it. I liked being a drug dealer."

If that wasn't bad enough for the Eagles coach, it was also revealed that after failing a drug test on Tuesday, Garrett was caught trying to smuggle drugs into jail in his rectum. Then, before his hearing began, authorities found 89 pills in his jail cell.

"I don't want to be that kid who was the son of the head coach of the Eagles, who was spoiled and on drugs and OD'd and just faded into oblivion," Reid said in court. "I am more than willing to do drug court ... if that's what it's going to take to get clean and sober."

According to a probation report read in court. The 24-year-old admitted he started using marijuana and alcohol at age 18, followed that with prescription pain killers like Percocet and OxyContin before moving on to cocaine and heroin. He first entered drug rehab at the age of 20, indicating Andy Reid was well aware of his son's problems before any legal issues.

Meanwhile, the 22-year-old Britt Reid was sentenced to eight to 23 months in jail plus five years' probation on gun and drug charges.

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