NYC subway vigilante Bernard Goetz charged in drug case

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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New York, NY -- The subway vigilante who shot four panhandling youths on a New York City train in the 1980s is facing drug charges after allegedly selling marijuana to an undercover officer.

Bernard Goetz was arraigned on misdemeanor drug charges Saturday in Manhattan Criminal Court.

The 65-year-old Goetz was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court next month. His lawyer couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

A criminal complaint says Goetz was arrested Friday evening in Union Square after giving an undercover police officer a napkin with loose marijuana in exchange for money.

The complaint says Goetz also had more pot in his pocket.

Goetz was cleared of attempted murder charges but convicted of weapons charges after the 1984 attack. He spent 250 days in jail.


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