If Richard Hatch provided the first lesson in what not to do with your reality-show winnings, surely Adam Jasinski has graciously, if unwittingly, supplied the second.
Big Brother 9's ridiculously insensitive champ was arrested Saturday as part of a drug-trafficking bust after attempting to sell 2,000 oxycodone pills to an undercover government witness. Any guesses on how, exactly, he managed to finance the operation?
Yeah. That's what you call a $500,000 prize pool not so well spent.
The 31-year-old Floridian was charged yesterday with possession of oxycodone and intent to distribute following his weekend bust. The sting went down when Jasinski flew from Florida to Massachusetts to meet his would-be client.
They drove from the airport to a nearby strip-mall parking lot, and somewhere along the way, Jasinski pulled out a sock, from which he produced two plastic bags containing the tiny blue pills. After parking the car, agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration's Tactical Diversion Squad sprang, arresting the reality star (though not without a struggle and an ultimately fruitless attempt by Jasinski to throw the guilty sock under another vehicle).
If convicted, he faces up to 20 years' imprisonment, with three years' subsequent supervised release and a $1 million fine.
Still, Jasinski should have known better than anyone: Big Brother is always watching. As, apparently, is the DEA.
On the bright aside, at least being under constant surveillance in a big house with strangers won't be an entirely unfamiliar experience for him.
First Hatch, then the Gosselins, and now Balloon Boy and Jasinski. Catch up on the sordidness that reality TV has wrought.