Police Arrest Cepeda on Drug Charges

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda was arrested yesterday in California after drugs were found in his car during a traffic stop, police said.

Cepeda, 69, was stopped at about 3 p.m. local time yesterday in Cordelia, about 40 miles northeast of San Francisco, by the California Highway Patrol after his 2001 Lexus was clocked traveling 83 mph in a 65-mph zone, Sgt. Wulf Corrington said in a telephone interview.

Officer Amy Mulata smelled marijuana in the car and called in a K-9 unit, Corrington said. A search of the car produced marijuana, a bindle of a white substance believed to be methamphetamine or cocaine and a syringe.

Cepeda, the only person in the car, showed no signs or symptoms of being under the influence, Corrington said. He was taken to Solano County Jail for suspicion of speeding, possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of a syringe, and was released later in the day, Corrington said.

After his retirement, Cepeda was arrested in 1975 on a charge of smuggling marijuana into Puerto Rico and served 10 months in federal prison.

· BONDS GETS CLOSER: Barry Bonds hit his 743rd home run last night, moving within 12 of Hank Aaron's career record.

Bonds hit a two-run shot to right field in the fourth inning against the Rockies, his ninth homer of the year. The Giants slugger connected on the first pitch from Jeff Francis with one out.

The 42-year-old Bonds rounded the bases as "743" flashed on the main center field scoreboard and fans jumped to their feet. His home run made it 2-0.

· HAVING A BALL: Denver radio host Steffan Tubbs says he has the ball used in a rare unassisted triple play and has no intention of holding it for ransom or auctioning it off on eBay.

Tubbs, co-host of KOA-AM's morning show, said he just wants to give it back to its rightful owner -- Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki.

Tubbs said he was sitting in the radio station's seats behind the Colorado dugout with his two kids on Sunday when Tulowitzki turned the 13th unassisted triple play in major league history. Tubbs said he nabbed the ball when Colorado 1B Todd Helton threw it into the stands moments after the play.

"Anything he would feel like is a fair trade would be welcome," Tubbs said. "I'm just having fun with it. I never understood how you could hold a ball like that for ransom. This guy could play 500 seasons of baseball and never have that happen again. It's cool he wants it back, and he'll get it."

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