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Baseball: Prosecutors drop drug case against former Carp, Lotte pitcher Jackson

This file photo shows former Lotte Marines pitcher Randy "Jay" Jackson Jr. (Kyodo)

HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) -- Former Lotte Marines and Hiroshima Carp pitcher Randy "Jay" Jackson Jr. will not face charges over his arrest on suspicion of cannabis possession after prosecutors decided to drop the case Tuesday, citing insufficient evidence.

    Hiroshima prefectural police arrested the 32-year-old American on July 10 after being tipped off that he was in possession of the drug in liquid form.

    But after releasing Jackson at the end of last month, the Hiroshima District Public Prosecutors Office decided not to pursue the case because "there was not enough evidence to confirm the facts."

    Jackson played for the Carp in the Central League between 2016 and 2018 and joined the Chiba-based Marines this season.

    He joined the Milwaukee Brewers on a minor-league deal in 2019 after he was unable to secure a contract in Japan. He became a free agent in October and reached an agreement with Lotte in December.

    The Pacific League club said it had accommodated the player's request to be released from his contract.

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