Arroyo charged after cocaine found

Updated: August 17, 2009, 6:46 PM ET
Associated Press

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Jockey Norberto Arroyo Jr. has been charged in upstate New York with possessing and intending to sell cocaine after he was found with about 12 grams during a traffic stop.

Police in Saratoga Springs say the 33-year-old from Winthrop, Mass., was pulled over Sunday morning a few blocks from Saratoga Race Course. That's where he has been riding during the six-week racing season that began July 29.

Police say that Arroyo was stopped for not wearing a seat belt and that he's also charged with driving with a suspended license.

He was arraigned on two felony drug charges and ordered held in the county jail on $25,000 bail. Police say they don't know if he has a lawyer.

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board suspended Arroyo's racing license after the arrest and set a hearing for Friday.


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