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Ex-baseball star arrested on drug charges in California

An ex-baseball player was arrested on several felony charges. The man was indicted on drug charges after authorities allegedly caught him with a large quantity of cocaine. He was booked into a local California jail and was not able to post bond. 

The man requested a reduced bond, but the request was denied. He had hoped to use his home as collateral for the bond, but the judge was unwilling to grant the change. While the ballplayer may disagree, the District Attorney emphasized that, no matter a person's status or privilege, he or she will be prosecuted the same under the rule of law. 

The athlete pleaded not guilty to the charge of possession of 44 pounds of cocaine. His problems began when officials located what they called a sophisticated compartment within his vehicle that they claim was used to smuggle cocaine. They later issued a search warrant and located the alleged quantities of the drug in the man's residence. 

His drug charges -- all felonies -- include possession of more than 20 grams of cocaine, transporting a controlled substance and possessing narcotics with the intent to sell. If convicted, the man could face fines and years in prison. It is up to the prosecuting attorney to prove the case, and the man can defend himself against the charges in an effort to avoid jail time. Others in California who face serious drug charges may find themselves in need of a good defense. Some choose to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help build a vigorous defense against all charges. 

Source: NBC Los Angeles, "Ex-MLB Pitcher Arrested With More Than 20 Kilos of Drugs", March 21, 2018

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