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Wing-eating champ stopped in Lincoln; 2 pounds of cocaine, 254 pounds of marijuana found

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A 60-year-old New Jersey man who gained fame in wing-eating contests was arrested in Lincoln last month after he was pulled over in an RV with more than 2 pounds of cocaine and 254 pounds of marijuana.

William T. Simmons was stopped at 11 a.m. Jan. 26 for following too closely and driving onto the shoulder of the road as he traveled east on Interstate 80 through Lincoln, Lancaster County Sheriff Terry Wagner said.

After stopping Williams, Wagner said, authorities suspected criminal activity, and a dog later indicated that there were narcotics in the RV.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Criminal Interdiction Task Force found marijuana in vacuum-sealed bags and a brick of cocaine weighing 2.2 pounds inside the vehicle, Wagner said. The deputies also found $4,400 in bundled rolls of cash.

The sheriff said the cocaine, if sold by the brick, would be worth about $17,000. Sold by the gram, it could net $150,000.

Simmons was arrested on suspicion of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver. He was taken to the Lancaster County Jail.

William Simmons


Nicknamed “El Wingador,” Simmons won Philadelphia SportsRadio 94 WIP’s Wing Bowl five times from 1999 to 2005.

According to the Philly Voice, he became synonymous with the Wing Bowl, an iconic Philadelphia event. He consumed 113 wings in his 1999 victory. He won again in 2001, 2002 and 2003 and claimed his final title in 2005.

His personal best came in 2011, when he consumed 254 wings but lost by a single wing to another competitor.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Simmons had a previous arrest on drug charges.

Police stopped Simmons in his Kia Soul and seized about $8,000 worth of cocaine and about $4,000 in cash in June 2012, according to the Inquirer. After being arrested, he released a statement apologizing to his friends, family and fans.

Simmons was released after serving about two years in prison, saying he would dedicate himself to rehabilitation and to helping others, according to the Inquirer.

This report includes material from Andrew Wegley of the Lincoln Journal Star.

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