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TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — The father of Boston Red Sox pitching prospect Jason Groome faces drug and weapons charges in New Jersey.

Authorities on Wednesday announced the arrests of 43-year-old Jason Groome of Barnegat and two other men following a three-month investigation into drug activity in Ocean County.

Search warrants led to the discovery of about 400 oxycodone pills, cocaine, marijuana and several weapons.

Groome is held in jail awaiting a court hearing on various charges, including possession and intent to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine.

Authorities say there's no evidence to suggest any other member of the Groome family is involved.

The younger Groome, drafted 12th overall last year, plays for the Class-A Greenville Drive.

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