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Subway vigilante Bernie Goetz, who shot 4 on train in 1984, arrested in NYC on drug charge

New York City police say the subway vigilante who shot four panhandling youths on a train in the 1980s has been arrested on drug charges.

Police say 65-year-old Bernie Goetz was nabbed in a sting operation in Union Square on Friday afternoon selling $30 worth of pot to an undercover officer. Police say he told the undercover to hang on, went back to the apartment where he has lived for decades and returned with the marijuana. He was then arrested on charges of criminal sale of marijuana.

Goetz was in custody awaiting arraignment Saturday and not reachable for comment.

He was cleared of attempted murder charges but convicted of weapons charges after the 1984 attack and spent 250 days in jail.

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