Ex-NFL player from Zephyrhills heading to prison on gun, drug charges

Published May 1, 2013

Former Washington Redskins wide receiver John Wesley Wilson, also known as Ted Wilson, was sentenced Wednesday to 17 years in federal prison for drug trafficking and weapons offenses.

According to court documents, between 2009 and 2012, Wilson, 48, and others distributed large amounts of crack and cocaine – sometimes more than 100 kilos a month, netting profits of over $1 million.

On Dec. 19, 2011, investigators raided Wilson's Zephyrhills house and found a quarter-kilogram of cocaine, more than an ounce of crack, a loaded shotgun and a Hi-Point .380 caliber semiautomatic handgun. He pleaded guilty Jan. 18 to drug and weapons charges at the federal courthouse in Tampa.

Wilson, a former Zephyrhills High and University of Central Florida standout, was a 10th round draft pick in 1987 for the Redskins, and he played for one season.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pasco County Sheriff's Office worked on the case as a part of an ongoing Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation.