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Brien Taylor appears in court, ordered back to jail

By John Swartz, Online Managing Editor
Published On: Mar 01 2012 03:55:01 AM CST
Updated On: Jun 19 2012 04:35:00 PM CDT
Brien Taylor
BEAUFORT -

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.

The former baseball standout at East Carteret High School who was drafted by the New York Yankees was arrested on drug charges back in March. Taylor, 40, appeared in a Raleigh courtroom Tuesday and was ordered held in custody by a federal judge during a detention hearing, according to an ESPN.com report.

Taylor, 40, was arrested March 1 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."

Taylor was transferred into federal custody on June 5.

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.

Taylor, a native of Beaufort, was selected No. 1 overall in the 1991 amateur draft, and signed his first contract for more than $1 million. Taylor, however, never made it to the Major League level. An arm injury he sustained in a fight cut the left-hander's career short.