Fans everywhere are in shock after television star is part of a cocaine bust. I didn’t expect this at all!
He is a former contestant on ABC’s Shark Tank and he is now facing charges that he belonged to a New Jersey cocaine-distribution ring. John DePaola was one of nine defendants that were arrested on Sunday.
According to the Monmouth County prosecutor, the group distributed cocaine in the Freehold area. Meanwhile, for now DePaola is being charged with conspiracy to possess cocaine.
His lawyer, Herbert Ellis, released a statement saying that the allegations are “baffling” and “without merit.” Furthermore, reports say that Ellis says that DePaola is not a “druggie” or a drug dealer.
The 53-year-old was on a 2014 episode of Shark Tank. At the time his company, which sells paint brush covers, attracted a $200,000 investment from Shark Tank personality Lori Greiner.
Later on it was revealed that he and his partners landed 14,000 stores nationwide, with $1.5 million in sales. This is one of the reasons that this cocaine bust is so bizarre.
He is continuing to argue that the charges against DePaola are fake. His client is considered a highly regarded individual and this charge is mind blowing.
DePaola’s attorney, Herbert Ellis, said his client was a “highly regarded individual in the community,” and the charge against him was “a mistake.”
According to reports the group was allegedly moving about one third of a kilo per week. Cops say they confiscated more than 700 grams of coke, and $14,943.
This has us all in shock and confusion. I never expected someone like DePaola to do this. Do you think that the charges against him are right? Let us know in the comments section!
If you don’t know who he is, watch his episode of Shark Tank in the clip below:
OMG! This is INSANE!!!