NEW BERN — A former baseball major league draft pick from Beaufort has been sentenced to more than three years in prison on cocaine charges.
Brien M. Taylor, 40, of North River, was sentenced Wednesday morning by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan to 38 months imprisonment followed by three years supervised release, according to information from the U.S. Department of Justice.
He will be given credit for time served and three years of supervised release after serving his sentence.
He is not eligible for parole under the federal law, but could potentially reduce his prison term by 15 percent with good behavior, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. Mr. Taylor is being held in the Pamlico County jail, pending transfer to a federal prison.
Mr. Taylor pleaded guilty Aug. 16 to distributing 28 grams or more of crack cocaine.
Records from the Carteret County Clerk’s office show Mr. Taylor was arrested by the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office on March 1 of this year after undercover narcotics agents from the county and Morehead City Police Department filed charges.
The two agencies had purchased large quantities of cocaine and crack cocaine from him over the course of several months going back to October 2011 resulting in a total of 15 charges against Mr. Taylor.
Mr. Taylor allegedly sold about 39.6 grams of cocaine base to the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office, the third of three controlled buys where Mr. Taylor sold cocaine base to law enforcement.
He was also responsible for distributing at least 208 grams of cocaine base and about 100 grams of powder cocaine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Rudy E. Renfer prosecuted the case for the government.
Mr. Taylor, who is from North River and attended East Carteret High School, was a former minor league pitcher. He was picked by the New York Yankees first overall in the 1991 Major League Baseball draft but an arm injury resulting from a fight kept him from ever reaching the majors.