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Former boxing champ Wilfredo Gomez arrested for alleged drug possession

December 8, 1997 GMT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ Former three-time boxing champion Wilfredo Gomez was arrested Monday for investigation of cocaine possession.

Police said they found Gomez using cocaine and that they confiscated six small bags of the drug from his car.

Gomez, 41, was arrested in the northeastern town of Loiza and taken to the Judicial Center in Carolina, a San Juan suburb, where he could face charges. His lawyer, Fernando Iglesias, denied that Gomez broke the law.

Gomez held the World Boxing Council super bantamweight and featherweight titles and the world junior lightweight crown in the 1980s. He lost most of his assets soon after retiring and had previously been arrested for investigation of domestic violence and cocaine possession.