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FBI, DEA, local authorities search O.J. Simpson's house

Authorities gather at thel Miami, Florida, home of O.J. Simpson on Tuesday.
Authorities gather at thel Miami, Florida, home of O.J. Simpson on Tuesday.  

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- After federal and local authorities wrapped up their search of O.J. Simpson's home Tuesday, the NFL football legend and one-time murder defendant's attorney said the investigation "turned up nothing ... of any consequence."

The FBI said the search was in connection to a two-year investigation into money laundering and drug distribution. Simpson has not been indicted or arrested in the investigation.

Speaking outside of Simpson's south Miami home, attorney Yale Galanter said authorities confiscated some satellite television equipment Simpson had brought from California, but no drugs or any illegal substances were found.

He said his client's name was spoken on a wire tap of an unrelated drug investigation.


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"His name just popped up ... it wasn't his voice, it was his name," Galanter said, noting that the investigation most likely resulted because of Simpson's notoriety. He said he was certain the person on the recording who spoke Simpson's name was not in his client's "close circle of friends."

FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration and Miami-Dade County authorities searched Simpson's home Tuesday under a federal search warrant that remained sealed. The search was in connection with "Operation X," an investigation into the distribution of Ecstasy, the laundering of $800,000 and "signal theft" -- the distribution of fraudulent satellite access cards.

Twelve people have been charged in connection with the allegations, and 10 of those have been arrested. Galanter said Simpson did not know any of the people indicted and disputed the idea Simpson could be involved in a money laundering scheme.

"I can assure you that Mr. Simpson doesn't have enough cash in his pocket or in his bank account to ever be involved in any type of money laundering," Galanter said.

FBI agents would not say what they were looking for in Simpson's home. Despite the fact that authorities seized satellite TV equipment, Galanter said the warrant had nothing to do with that.

"Normally in law enforcement here in the Southern district, we don't have 30 or 40 FBI agents raid someone's house because there's an allegation they have a satellite card," Galanter said.

Around 6 a.m. EST Tuesday, authorities appeared at Simpson's door to search his home as he was getting his children ready for school, Galanter said. Simpson was not taken into custody, and left his home freely as the agents continued their search. Galanter said Simpson -- who was acquitted of charges six weeks ago related to a road rage incident -- was not angry with authorities for raiding his house.

"He's used to this type of thing in his life," Galanter said. "The guy hasn't done anything wrong."

In a trial six years ago, the former football star was acquitted of murder charges in the 1994 slayings of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, who were found stabbed to death outside her Los Angeles home.

He was later found liable for their deaths in a civil trial and was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages. Simpson moved to the Miami area last year.

-- CNN Correspondent Mark Potter contributed to this repor



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