Former Top MLB Draft Pick Faces Judge On Cocaine Charges

A Carteret County man who was once the number one Major League Baseball draft pick faced a judge Friday morning a slew of cocaine charges.

Deputies wrapped up an undercover operation with the arrest of Brien Taylor of Beaufort on Thursday.

Undercover narcotics agents say they purchased a large quantity of crack cocaine from Taylor over the last several months.

The 40-year-old Taylor played for East Carteret High School and was signed by the New York Yankees after the 1991 Major League Baseball draft. But Taylor never played for the team because of an arm injury. Instead, he pitched for several minor league teams.

Taylor is charged with multiple counts of trafficking cocaine. He's being held on a $275,000 bond. His next court date is March 23rd.

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  • by Len Location: Beaufort on Mar 4, 2012 at 09:18 AM
    Its called Job Security. If you remember, the former Sheriff and a few of his cronies were convicted of stealing drug money funds. They also wanted my son to do drug buys so they could stay in business. We said No! Since then, he has been harassed a number of times. go figure huh?
  • by Top Gun Location: Oriental on Mar 3, 2012 at 03:49 AM
    If every city, county in every state in the USA paid a drug guy several times to make a case just think of the amount of money from tax payers that would be flowing to Mexico. Arrest on first buy, no bail, big fine, make money for the city and counties. Also that have to pay for time/food in jail just like a motel.
  • by Big Picture Location: Oriental on Mar 3, 2012 at 03:40 AM
    I wonder how many lives were effected because they waited severals months to bust him. The police have to build a case!, in the mean time, he is on the street selling drugs to the cops, the police are supporting him and Mexico with drug buys. First buy arrest and no bail.
  • by 1.4 million? on Mar 2, 2012 at 12:07 PM
    The guy bluffed the Yankees into signing him for 5x the ammount they offered, then never made it to the majors. He wasted their money, bought a house for his mom & dad to live in...then eventually moved into the house with them.
  • by Mr. America Location: downeast on Mar 2, 2012 at 11:23 AM
    Has been in MLB,rising star in the DOC
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2012 at 09:13 AM
    Its too easy for these idiots to suck power up their nose and not live a clean life. I don't feel sorry for him in the least. I hope they slam him.
  • by Youdaman. on Mar 2, 2012 at 07:38 AM
    Million dollar arm, ten cent brain.
  • by Goldsboro Native on Mar 2, 2012 at 04:52 AM
    I heard the same... He got in a fight trying to protect his brother and hurt his arm... Sad story but doesn't make it okay for him to be trafficking drugs either... Oh well, what a waste!
  • by Fastball Location: Havelock on Mar 2, 2012 at 01:02 AM
    I watched the young man pitch against Havelock when he was a senior in high school. His fastball was clocked ar 98 mph. He got into a fight at a bar off of highway 101. I think he was trying to help his brother or friend.
  • by Forrest Gump Location: Greenbow AL on Mar 1, 2012 at 08:01 PM
    A washed up never-was drug dealer...big whoop.
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