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Ex-Gulf High star faces drug charges

HOLIDAY — Former Gulf High School football star Adrian “Bubba” Golden was arrested Monday on six cocaine possession and trafficking charges, including sale of cocaine 1,000 feet from a business, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

Golden, 21, was released Thursday from the Land O’ Lakes jail on $65,000 bond. It was Golden’s fifth arrest since February 2013.

A deputy responded to a traffic accident at Basswood and Riddle Road in Holiday at 3 a.m. Monday because it involved suspicious activity, according to an arrest report. A deputy ran Golden’s license through the sheriff’s database and found a fugitive warrant for selling and possessing cocaine.

Golden’s previous arrests include an August disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charge on his 21st birthday, a domestic battery charge in May 2013, simple battery and witness tampering with threat of violence in March 2013 and false imprisonment in Feb. 2013.

Three of the charges were dropped, including the felony charges of false imprisonment and witness tampering. Adjudication was withheld in a misdemeanor petty theft case, and he was found guilty in three other misdemeanor cases: battery, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

In January, Golden was dismissed from Webber International University near Lake Wales after being enrolled just two weeks and being part of the football team, but only allowed to participate in weightlifting. Once school officials and coaches learned of his arrest record through an anonymous tip sent to the school, Golden was dismissed from the team and school.

During his junior year in the 2008 season, Golden set Pasco County’s single-season rushing record with 2,514 yards. He also set the county’s single-game rushing benchmark that season, collecting 409 yards against Ridgewood.

He helped lead Gulf to its first 6-0 start and its playoff victory later that season.

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