Boxer released on $5,000 bail after police find cocaine |

Boxer released on $5,000 bail after police find cocaine

Tribune and The Virginian-Pilot reports

VIRGINIA BEACH – Pernell “Sweetpea” Whitaker was released from jail on a $5,000 bond Monday after the discovery on Friday that he had brought a small quantity of cocaine into the courthouse.

Whitaker concluded his boxing career April 27 at Caesars Tahoe in Stateline. A separated shoulder forced Whitaker to quit in the fourth-round of a scheduled 10-rounder with Carlos Bojorquez. The six-time champion, who was fighting for the first time in 26 months, retired the next day.

A hearing was scheduled for Aug. 20 to determine if the drug charge will mean that Whitaker violated probation and should serve a 60-day suspended jail sentence given to him following a DUI conviction. Court officials were unable to make that ruling today, because they were not certain about the date of the DUI charge.

Whitaker was in court Friday to plead guilty to a speeding charge and driving without a valid license charge that occurred on June 3, 2000. After General District Court Judge Robert L. Simpson sentenced him to a four-day jail sentence, the drugs were found during a routine search conducted by deputies as Whitaker was being readied for his jail term.

The drugs fell out of Whitaker’s money roll, which was being counted by deputies.

WNBA playoff tickets are now on sale for the Sacramento Monarchs.

A pair of wins over the weekend vaulted the Monarchs into second place in the Western Division and into position to host at least one playoff game.

Tickets for future playoff games will go on sale at 10 a.m. the morning after the next additional home game is determined to be necessary.

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Tickets are also available at the Arco Arena Box Office at (916) 928-6900.

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