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Cocaine charges against Gillies dropped

Cocaine charges against Gillies dropped

CINCINNATI -- The Kamloops Daily News in British Columbia reported Saturday that cocaine possession charges against Phillies prospect Tyson Gillies have been dropped.

The Phillies had no comment.

Gillies' lawyer, Kevin Hayslett, told the newspaper that the state of Florida looked at the evidence and decided not to proceed with the case.

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"I'm glad that this order is over," Gillies told the newspaper. "But I'm still very upset that it happened to me and that my character, which I've worked so hard to build, can even be questioned. ... I was drug-tested five hours after the incident happened and it had obviously come back negative. I know who I am and what I'm about as a person and was stunned [with] the thing I had to go through."

Philadelphia acquired Gillies as part of the Cliff Lee trade with Seattle in December.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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