Former top MLB pick Taylor faces drug charges


    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.

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    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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