Former NBA Player Javaris Crittenton Arrested On Felony Drug Dealing Charges

By McCarton Ackerman 01/24/14

The arrest came while the former point guard was out on bond for unrelated murder charges stemming from the fatal shooting of an Atlanta woman in 2011.

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Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton was caught in a massive drug bust last week that also saw the arrests of 14 other suspects following a seven-month sting operation. Gossip site TMZ reported the former Washington Wizards star is accused of being part of a major drug ring that has been operating since at least 2012 and recently tried to move 400 kilos (880 pounds) of cocaine. The drug ring was also reportedly trying to move 10 pounds of marijuana.

Unfortunately for Crittenton, the felony drug charges may be the least of his worries. He had been out on bond since the fall of 2011 after facing unrelated murder charges in the 2011 shooting death of an Atlanta woman. Police claim he accidentally shot mother of four Julian Jones while trying to kill a man he suspected of robbing him of $50,000 worth of valuables in April 2011. After posting $230,000 bond that September, a judge imposed a 7:00pm-7:00am curfew on Crittenton.

A former first-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in 2007, he averaged 5.3 points per game during his two seasons in the NBA. Crittenton is also perhaps equally known for his 2010 armed confrontation in the Washington Wizards locker room with teammate Gilbert Arenas, which resulted in a 38-game suspension. His attorney, Brian Steel, maintained that the basketball player is innocent and will “fight any and every false allegation” against him.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.