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Former Yankees Prospect Brien Taylor Arrested, Charged With Cocaine Trafficking

Once the prized jewel of the New York Yankees minor league system, former No. 1 overall draft pick Brien Taylor is now in police custody after being arrested Thursday on several charges of cocaine trafficking.

Taylor is charged with two counts each of trafficking in cocaine by possession, trafficking in cocaine by sell, trafficking in cocaine by deliver, trafficking in cocaine by manufacture, trafficking in cocaine by transport, and felony maintaining a vehicle.

Taylor, 40, once seemed poised to ascend to baseball's throne. The New York Yankees selected him with the top overall pick in the 1991 draft, and Taylor was expected to become the staff's ace within a few years.

Instead, he injured his arm during an offseason fight and became just the second top pick never to reach the Major Leagues. And that failure is nothing compared to the trouble he now faces.

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