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 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -An arraignment for Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda was put on hold Tuesday while prosecutors seek more information about his traffic stop and the substances found in the car he was driving.
Last week, prosecutors said they were waiting for laboratory results to identify a white powder found inside the car. A field test administered by the California Highway Patrol identified the powder as cocaine, but Cepeda described it as methamphetamine, according to the CHP.
Prosecutors also had not determined whether the 69-year-old Cepeda or someone else owned the 2001 Lexus he was driving.
The former San Francisco Giants slugger was pulled over May 1 after the CHP clocked him driving 83 mph in a 65 mph zone about 40 miles northeast of San Francisco. He was arrested after the officer discovered marijuana and the white powder.
Cepeda's attorney, Ted Cassman, has said the marijuana was for medicinal use by a family member with diabetes. He has not explained the white powder.
In its report to prosecutors, the highway patrol recommended that Cepeda be charged with one felony count of possessing a controlled substance. In addition to the speeding violation, the CHP also recommended two misdemeanor charges, for possession of a syringe and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.
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