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Allison In Trouble Again


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Jeff Allison faces three felony charges–one count for heroin possession and
two for possession of stolen vehicles–stemming from separate incidents
last week in North Carolina, a spokesperson with the Guilford County Clerk
of Courts said.  

Allison, as first reported Tuesday on the Greensboro (N.C.) News and
Record’s Web site, also has been charged with possession of drug
paraphernalia and resisting a public officer, both misdemeanors, in
connection with an Oct. 25 incident. Police said Allison was spotted driving
a 2002 Dodge Ram truck that had been reported stolen when he was pulled
over.

Allison, 21, tried to flee but was apprehended by officers, police said.
Allison, who listed a Greensboro address on the arrest report, faces a Nov.
30 court date on those charges.

Allison also faces a Dec. 4 court date in neighboring High Point, N.C., on a
separate charge of felony possession of a stolen vehicle. That alleged
incident took place a day earlier, police said, and involved a 2001
Chevrolet Astro van reported stolen from the parking lot of a lighting
company.

Under North Carolina law, Allison could serve more than four years in jail
if convicted on all charges. However, his lack of a prior felony conviction
makes him eligible to enter a court-ordered drug-treatment program; if he
completes it the charges could be dismissed.

The pitcher suffered a near-fatal heroin overdose in July 2004 and
reportedly was found unconscious by Medford, Mass., police in August.
Allison, a former high school star in the Boston area, has failed at least
one drug test for marijuana and has sought treatment for OxyContin
dependency.

Allison, who has not pitched professionally since August 2005, recently was
placed on the restricted list by the Marlins. A first-round draft pick in
June 2003, Allison received a $1.85 million signing bonus but has seen only
a fraction of that sum due to a restructured contract that mandated regular
drug tests.

“We have retained his rights but he is not an active member of the
organization,” a Marlins official said. “He hasn’t been for quite a while.”

Asked if the Marlins have given up hope that Allison will ever pitch for
them again, the official said, “You could probably say that.”

Allison, the 2003 High School Player of the Year, has made just 20 starts over the past four years. He spent the 2005 season at Class A Greensboro, going 5-4, 4.18.

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