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October 3, 2002

ALBANY - The Lieutenant Governor's son is charged with drug trafficking. Media in Atlanta were tipped off that 19-year old Fletcher Taylor was arrested in late July by Fulton County Police when a traffic stop turned up 29 grams of opium.

In a written statement Albany native Mark Taylor said, "As a parent you raise your children the best you can. You try to teach them right from wrong and pray that when they make mistakes, those mistakes do not hurt themselves or others. But most of all you love them no matter what."

Fletcher Taylor is out on bond and playing football at the University of Colorado.

This is not the first time Mark Taylor has had to answer questions about drug use. He admitted in a previous campaign he used cocaine and marijuna in the 80s.

Opium busts here in the United States are rare.  Opium is a narcotic prepared from the juice of the opium poppy plant. It can be processed into morphine or heroine. It can also be injected or smoked in it's natural form. It is especially popular in Eastern Medicine for pain relief and as a sedative.

posted at 6:00 p.m. by dave.d'marko@walb.com