'Big Brother' champ Adam Jasinski granted bail pending drug program
By Christopher Rocchio, 12/02/2009
Adam Jasinski is being released on bail, but not before he has to undergo substance-abuse counseling.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Leo Sorokin has ordered theBig Brotherninth-season winner attend a substance-abuse treatment program at an unnamed Massachusetts residential treatment center before being released into his parent's custody, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.
In addition, Sorokin required Jasinski to post three properties he owns and that his parents post their house to secure his next court appearance, according to The AP, which added Jasinski will need to return to court for a hearing after he completes the treatment program and before he is released into his parent's custody.
"The judge has essentially found that Adam is not either a danger to the community or a risk of flight," his lawyer Valerie Carter told The AP.
The 31-year-old Delray Beach, FL resident was arrested on October 17 after flying to Boston and attempting to sell the drugs to a Drug Enforcement Administration witness.
According to an affidavit DEA Special Agent Todd Prough filed, the witness -- reportedly a local drug dealer who had been arrested earlier in October -- met Jasinski at Logan International Airport and then drove to a North Reading, MA strip mall where DEA agents arrested Jasinski after he pulled the pills from a sock stuffed in his pants.
The witness set up the drug buy via an October 8 phone call to Jasinski, according to the affidavit, which added Jasinski stated he had used his $500,000 Big Brother cash prize to bankroll his drug dealing and boasted that he has been "obtaining thousands of pills of oxycodone" which he's sold "to customers all along the East Coast" during the few several months.
Jasinski was charged with possession of oxycodone pills with intent to distribute and faces a maximum of 20 years in jail and a $1 million fine if convicted. He subsequently pleaded not guilty and was ordered held without bail.
Last month, Jasinski filed court papers asking for his release from prison -- claiming he was willing to live with his parents, wear an electronic-monitoring bracelet, relinquish has passport and undergo mental health and substance abuse counseling as conditions of a potential release.
In addition, the filings state that Jasinski plans on "calling into question the veracity of the cooperating government witness" and claiming that his arrest involved "entrapment and outrageous government conduct."