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Oliver McCall Arrested on Drug Charges

July 29, 1996

CHICAGO (AP) _ Former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall was arrested on charges of crack cocaine and marijuana possession, his second drug bust in four months.

Police said Monday they stopped McCall while he was driving his Pontiac Grand Am illegally down a lakefront bike path.

Officers asked to see McCall’s driver’s license and when he said he didn’t have one, they requested he get out of the car, said Cook County state’s attorney’s spokesman Chris Welch.

When he did so the officers saw a clear plastic bag on the seat containing less than a gram of suspected crack cocaine, authorities said. An additional search turned up about 3.5 grams of marijuana, Welch said.

McCall, 31, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felony; cannabis possession, a misdemeanor; and driving on park property, Welch said.

McCall appeared Sunday in court, where bond was set at $5,000. Welch said he was uncertain whether the former boxer had posted the $500 required for him to go free.

Police said McCall was uncooperative and refused to give them his name, age or hometown.

McCall was living in Virginia during his previous arrest, on April 9 in Winston-Salem, N.C., when he was charged with marijuana possession after police found about $10 worth of marijuana in his car.

McCall won the WBC heavyweight title with a second-round knockout of Lennox Lewis in 1994. After a successful title defense against Larry Holmes in April 1995, he was dethroned by Frank Bruno last September.

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