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Writer: Hernandez was paranoid PCP user
Rolling Stone profile details tight end's descent into heavy drug use
August 28, 2013, 11:00 am

The writer behind a Rolling Stone piece on former New England Patriots tight end, and accused murderer, Aaron Hernandez believes the drug angel dust is largely responsible for the alleged murder of Odin Lloyd.

Paul Solotaroff, who worked on the Hernandez piece with Boston Globe columnist Ron Borges, told the "Dan Patrick Show" on Wednesday morning that the drug, also known as PCP, is the drug of choice in Hernandez's hometown of Bristol, Conn. The drug, Solotaroff said, helped make Hernandez paranoid in the months leading up to his alleged shooting of Lloyd.

“Aaron and his crew -- a pretty loose cohort of thugs and goons, a patchwork of gangsters from Bristol and Boston -– were heavily into PCP,” Solotaroff told Patrick.

Solotaroff said he gathered from multiple sources that Hernandez surrounded himself with a group of "thugs and goons" from Bristol and the Boston area and the group had been using angel dust “almost non-stop” since summer 2012, including during the 2012 NFL season.

“It explains a lot,” Solotaroff told Patrick before linking the drug use to an alleged drive-by shooting Hernandez was linked to after the Lloyd murder became public. “It explains the incident outside club Cure last July when (Hernandez) and at least two of the guys from Bristol -- two of his posse from Bristol -- got into his silver (Toyota) 4Runner ... and opened fire on a BMW full of Cape Verdean kids that they bumped noses with at the club and killed the two in the front seat. The other three got away and that silver 4Runner went missing, vanished off the face of the earth until lo and behold it shows up in Aaron Hernandez’s uncle’s garage, where it hadn’t been driven in a year.”

When asked how the Patriots didn’t know about Hernandez’s drug use or his sudden change in lifestyle, Solotaroff told Patrick the problem stemmed from a change in the Patriots’ security team. Solotaroff said the Patriots replaced their head of security, a former Massachusetts state trooper named Frank Mendes who had connections through the New England area.

“If a guy like Hernandez showed up dirty in a strip joint in Rhode Island or you know was at a smoke shop in Avril, Mass., (Mendes) got a call within 20 minutes whether those troopers were on team payroll or not,” Solotaroff told Patrick. “They got rid of that guy for some high-tech British guy who ran stadium security at a soccer arena in Britain, who had no street contacts and scorned the help of Boston police and Massachusetts state troopers and so he got nothing, no information on the Patriots.”

Solotaroff also told the story of a frantic Hernandez flying to the 2013 NFL Combine in Indianapolis to confide in Patriots coach Bill Belichick that he feared for his life. Instead of fully heeding his coach’s advice, Solotaroff says Hernandez’s drug-induced paranoia only increased and he began to surround himself with guns, including driving around with a shotgun in his car.

“Hernandez was absolutely paranoid to the point, I hear, of delusional those last several months,” the writer told Patrick.

Hernandez was formally indicted on first-degree murder and weapons charges Thursday, stemming from the death of Lloyd, a 27-year-old, semipro football player who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee. Hernandez pleaded not guilty and is currently being held without bail. He faces life in prison if convicted.

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