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Monday, April 15, 2013
Report: Saints could face Vicodin fine

By Pat Yasinskas

Just when it seemed like the New Orleans Saints were having a calm, peaceful and quiet offseason, along comes this Washington Post story that could change all that.

It all stems from the alleged Vicodin scandal in 2009 in which a former Saints security director claimed two high-ranking members of the coaching staff were helping themselves to the team’s supply of the painkiller. A settlement was reached between the team and the security director.

But the Post reports that the investigation still is open.

The Post also cites sources close to the situation that say federal authorities still are weighing the possibility of a large fine against the Saints for violating laws pertaining to the proper storage, control and dispensing of prescription drugs.

All this comes at a time when it appeared the Saints finally were putting last year's bounty scandal behind them. Coach Sean Payton has returned from a season-long suspension, stemming from the bounty scandal.