SignOnSanDiego.com carries an item on one of my favorite baseball players of all time, Orlando Cepeda. The Hall of Famer played for the Giants when they had Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, and Juan Marichal. Later Cepeda took the St Louis Cardinals to the World Series. Looks like the CHIPs popped Cepeda with some stuff:
The former San Francisco Giants star was stopped about 3 p.m. Tuesday after his 2001 Lexus was clocked going 83 mph in a 65-mph zone on Interstate 80 in Cordelia, about 40 miles northeast of San Francisco, the CHP said.
While approaching the vehicle, “the officer smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car,” CHP Sgt. Wulf Corrington said yesterday.
The CHP officer arrested Cepeda after finding a “usable” amount of a white-powder substance that likely was methamphetamine or cocaine, Corrington said. The officer also found marijuana and a syringe, he added.
Cepeda, 69, was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance, along with possession of a hypodermic needle or syringe and possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors.
This hasn't been a good week for the Cardinal present and past players. It is said Cepeda speaks to kids about the dangers of substances and alcohol. Oops. Not to mention Orlando's honored as a prominent HOF member of the San Francisco Giants, who are up to their big heads with steroids and drugs.
“He does not use, and was not under the influence of, any illegal substance,” Cassman said. “This is an unfortunate misunderstanding.”
Cassman said the marijuana was medical marijuana used by a family member who has diabetes. Asked about the white powder, Cassman said he had no specific comment.
Cepeda works for the Giants as a community liaison and speaks to at-risk children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
Cepeda retired with good numbers: A 7-time All-Star (1959-64. 1967), .297 BA with 379 homers and 1365 RBI in 17 seasons. Cepeda spent 10 months in jail 30 years ago for drug trafficking.