Former Giants Star Orlando Cepeda Fined $100 In Drug Case

FAIRFIELD, Calif. (AP) - Former San Francisco Giants star Orlando Cepeda has been fined $100 in a drug case plea deal that led to the firing of a deputy district attorney.

The Hall of Fame first baseman pleaded no contest Friday to possession of less than an ounce of marijuana after Deputy District
Attorney Joe Camarata agreed to drop charges of possession of
cocaine and a hypodermic syringe.

The plea deal angered Solano County District Attorney David Paulson, who fired Camarata hours before he was scheduled to resign from the district attorney's office.

The 70-year-old Cepeda was arrested May 1, 2007 after the California Highway Patrol stopped him for speeding on Interstate 80 about 40 miles northeast of San Francisco. Officers say they found marijuana, cocaine and a syringe in the car.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-05-24-08 1416EDT

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