Posted January 15, 2014 by Luis Mercado in Sports

Former NBA Player Indicted On Drug Charges

Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton has been indicted on drug charges in Atlanta.

According to ESPN, he was trying to deal cocaine and marijuana not long before he was indicted for allegedly being part of a murder in 2011.

Shortly after 6 a.m. ET Wednesday, DEA agents, federal marshals and local police descended on Crittenton’s home on a cul de sac in Fayetteville, a suburb just south of Atlanta. Crittenton was led away in handcuffs and was booked into the Fulton County Jail. A call to Crittenton’s Atlanta-based attorney, Brian Steel, went unreturned.

In April 2013, a Fulton County grand jury indicted Crittenton and his cousin, Douglas Gamble, for murder in the death of Julian Jones, 22, a mother of four children. That 12-count indictment also accused Crittenton and Gamble of participating in a criminal street gang and linked both to a second shooting in Atlanta that occurred five days before Jones’ death.

According to court documents, both of the August 2011 shootings were in retaliation for a robbery committed against Crittenton and his cousin. On April 13, 2011, Crittenton and his cousin were held up at gunpoint by two men outside a southwest Atlanta barbershop and robbed of more than $55,000 worth of personal items and jewelry, according to a police report of the incident.

Crittenton was a first round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2007 draft. In 2009, him and Gilbert Arenas got into an argument in the locker room as members of Washington Wizards that included guns. That led to a misdemeanor gun possession charge and a one year suspension in the NBA.