UNION CITY, NJ – A minor league baseball player who had been suspended for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs was in trouble again Thursday after Union City cops caught him with 130 bags of crack cocaine, reports said.
Kengshill Scheider Pujols, 21, of 19th Street, a pitcher for the Vero Beach, Fla.-based Gulf Coast League Dodgers, was released by the team yesterday, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Dodgers said.
He was arrested after driving erratically on the 200 block of 43rd Street, police said yesterday. As cops approached him, he seemed nervous and as he was picking up his jacket, they spotted a glassine envelope falling onto the back seat, police said, which turned out to contain suspected crack cocaine.
Officers then found another 11 packets and when they took him to police headquarters he gave up a large bag with an additional 118 bags from his underwear, officials said.
Pujols told police that he worked for the Dodgers and was suspended for substance abuse, police said.
He was charged with drug possession and distribution and driving without a license, officials said.
Pujols, who was in his first year with Gulf Coast League Dodgers was suspended Aug. 1 for 50 games after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances.
According to the Dodgers’ Web site, his statistics were 0-0 with a 3.43 ERA and one save in nine games. He had 20 strikeouts in 21 innings.
He also played two years as a catcher with the Ogden Raptors in Utah, also in the Dodgers organization.