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BEAUFORT, NC (WCTI) — Brien Taylor was once paid more than $1 million by the New York Yankees, but it was the cash that cops paid him that landed him behind bars.

A former baseball standout at East Carteret High School who was drafted by the New York Yankees was arrested on drug charges.

Taylor, 40, was arrested Thursday in Beaufort and now faces a host of cocaine charges after a joint effort between the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office and the Morehead City Police Department. Investigators said they bought “a large quantity of cocaine and crack cocaine from Taylor over a period of several months.”

The former No. 1 selection in the Major League Baseball draft now faces a slew of charges involving the possession of and the intent to sell and distribute cocaine.

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