DiTrapano arrested again in Florida

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 29, 2006

Dante DiTrapano CHARLESTON – Attorney Dante DiTrapano was arrested again Saturday in Florida, this time on a warrant for failing to appear at a motion hearing in connection with his arrest earlier this month on crack cocaine charges.

Dante DiTrapano

CHARLESTON – Attorney Dante DiTrapano was arrested again Saturday in Florida, this time on a warrant for failing to appear at a motion hearing in connection with his arrest earlier this month on crack cocaine charges.

Meanwhile, DiTrapano apparently is in the intensive care unit of a Tampa hospital.

Mac McMullen, public information officer for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department, said DiTrapano was arrested Saturday. He said he couldn't determine from records where DiTrapano was arrested or if DiTrapano turned himself in.

Representatives of DiTrapano, Barrett & DiPiero, DiTrapano's firm, did not return calls seeking comment and more information. DiTrapano's profile no longer is on the firm's Web site.

Neither did Robert Heyman, DiTrapano's attorney in Florida, also didn't return calls seeking comment.

Nurses at Memorial Hospital in Tampa said Wednesday that a Louis Dante DiTrapano was in stable condition in the ICU unit of their hospital. Because of privacy laws, nurses could provide no further information.

DiTrapano and his wife Teri were arrested March 14 at the St. Petersburg Hilton Hotel and charged with possession of crack cocaine. Both of them were released on bond from Pinellas County Jail last week.

The couple, as well as three individuals from the area -- Glinder Cecil, James D. Harper and James A. Lockett -- also were arrested for possession and a variety of other charges.

Officials said there were 73 pieces of crack cocaine and 21 grams of powder cocaine in the room when the arrests occurred. Dante DiTrapano, an attorney at DiTrapano, Barrett & DiPiero, told officers he and the others were having one last party before he entered a drug rehab facility there.

Teri DiTrapano had a $5,000 bond posted for her by a bondsman on March 16. Dante DiTrapano had his $5,000 bond posted March 17 on the condition that he be taken for treatment. He was released to HealthCare Connections of Tampa.

DiTrapano, who went to college in Florida, had rented three rooms for a one-night stay at the hotel. He told investigators he is an agent for a number of NFL players. That includes Oakland Raiders wide receiver and Kanawha County native Randy Moss.

The media release from the St. Petersburg Police Department said DiTrapano created a disturbance at his room, prompting the management to call police. Officers located the illegal drugs when they arrived at the rooms to investigate the call.

DiTrapano's firm is one used by Attorney General Darrell McGraw in a lawsuit against drug maker Purdue Pharma over alleged misrepresentation in marketing OxyContin pills.

When Purdue Pharma settled McGraw's suit for $10 million in 2004, the outside attorneys received a third of the settlement -- $3,333,333.33. The attorneys and the firms split the fee into four equal portions - $833,333.33 each.

Both DiTrapano and his wife also were among attorneys and family members of his firm who contributed at least $30,000 to McGraw's 2004 re-election campaign. That figure represents nearly 15 percent of all the contributions McGraw received in that run, according to campaign financial statements filed with the state Secretary of State's office.

Dante and Teri DiTrapano each made the maximum $2,000 in contributions -- $1,000 for the primary election and $1,000 for the general election.

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