Bengals confirm they were contacted by DEA

Bengals confirm they were contacted by DEA

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Cincinnati Bengals confirmed to FOX19 NOW Monday that they were contacted by Drug Enforcement Administration agents while in New Orleans.

The Federal drug agents unexpectedly visited multiple NFL teams' medical staffs Sunday as part of an investigation.

Bengals officials issued a statement Monday saying, "the Bengals have never had any issues regarding prescriptions/controlled substances."

New Orleans DEA spokesperson Debbie Webber said no one with the Bengals was detained or arrested.

"They just did their routine checks on them to make sure they had the licenses they needed to dispense medication here, if need be, while they were here in New Orleans," Webber said. "From what I understand it was a very quick, routine check, maybe just to keep them on their toes."

Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Rusty Payne said Sunday that there were no arrests of any NFL players, according to The Associated Press.

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The search comes during an investigation into claims that teams previously mishandled prescription drugs.

According to The Associated Press, the investigation was sparked by a lawsuit filed in May by former NFL players with allegations going back to 1968. More than 1,200 people are involved in that lawsuit.

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