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Jim Neidhart faces drug, theft charges in Florida


Jim Neidhart at a fan fest in January 2009. Photo by Christine Coons

Jim "The Anvil" Neidhart was arrested on Sunday in Florida, and has been charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of trafficking in illegal drugs, one count of burglary and one count of grant theft.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's arrest report details what went down.

The 55-year-old Neidhart, who lives in Wesley Chapel, Florida, was pumping gas at the A.J. Food Market, 9806 Tom Folsom Road, Thonotosassa, just before 3 p.m., when he started yelling and making a scene.

The arrest report says that Neidhart was then seen opening pill bottles in the trunk of his silver Pontiac Sunfire -- "ingesting multiple pills that he dropped on the ground while inside the trunk of his vehicle." The police on the scene found him to be aggressive and agitated.

Police found 55.6 grams of Oxycontin and 17.4 grams of methadone, with the prescription pills in the name Mary Cutillo.

Earlier, Cutillo had reported to police that her home in Hillsborough County had been robbed, and medication stolen.

Neidhart, who is a friend of Cutillo, is alleged to have gone to her house and broken in to steal the prescription pills. The sheriff's office said the drugs were worth more than $300.

Currently, the former WWF World tag team champion and father of WWE star Natalya is being held at the Orient Road Jail. Bail was set Monday morning at $138,500.

Neidhart was an All-American shot putter and football star, whose NFL career came to an end when the Dallas Cowboys released him in the late '70s. He bounced around for a bit in San Diego before L.A. promoter Mike Lebell suggested pro wrestling. At 6-foot-1, 305 pounds, Neidhart was sent to Stu Hart to train as a pro wrestler in the early '80s. After time on the Stampede Wrestling roster, and some travels to other territories, he made the WWF, teaming with his brother-in-law Bret "Hitman" Hart (he'd married Bret's sister Ellie).

After his run with Hart as the Hart Foundation ended, he was used in a variety of roles in WWF and WCW, but never regained any sort of prominence in the ring again. For the last number of years, he has been working the independent circuit and traveling to fan fests.

-- SLAM! Wrestling

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