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Boxer Mitch Green Is Arrested

January 20, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Mitch ``Blood″ Green, the heavyweight boxer who won a $45,000 courtroom decision over Mike Tyson, was released without bail Tuesday after his arraignment on a drug charge.

Green, 41, was arrested Monday evening in the lobby of a Manhattan building by police officers who said they saw him throw a small bag of the hallucinogen ``angel dust″ or ``PCP″ to the floor as they approached him.

Green, who has been arrested before for possession of angel dust, was charged with misdemeanor drug possession and criminal trespass. The trespass charge stems from his alleged illegal activity while on city housing property.

Police said Green told them, ``I was following a girl into the building who I paid $10,″ according to the complaint filed in Criminal Court. Police did not say why Green had paid the girl.

Judge William Mogulescu released Green in his own recognizance and scheduled another court appearance for Feb. 24.

Last October, a civil jury awarded Green $45,000 after the trial of a lawsuit in which he charged that Tyson, the former heavyweight champion, had assaulted him in a 1988 street fight outside a Harlem leather goods store.

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