Posted January 15, 2014

Ex-NBA player Javaris Crittenton indicted Wednesday on drug charges

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Javaris Crittenton, already awaiting trial for the 2011 shooting death of a mother of four, will be in court on Thursday to face drug charges. (Pool/Getty Images)

Javaris Crittenton is already awaiting trial for the 2011 shooting death of a mother of four. (Pool/Getty Images)

Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton, who is already awaiting trial for a shooting death in Atlanta in 2011, was led out of his home just outside Atlanta on Wednesday by federal drug marshals and local police for allegedly conspiring to deal cocaine and marijuana in the months before his indictment of the shooting.

According to a report from John Barr and Greg Amante of ESPN, Crittenton, who had been on “limited house arrest” while he awaited trial for the murder, will appear in court on Thursday morning to face the drug charges. The 26-year-old, who was the 19th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, is one of 14 people named in this latest drug indictment and was booked into the Fulton County Jail shortly after he was arrested early Wednesday morning, according to the report.

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This latest incident comes nearly a year after Crittendon was indicted by a Fulton County grand jury with his cousin for the murder of 22-year-old Julian Jones. In total, they were indicted on 12 counts including being participants in a “criminal street gang.” The court documents also allege Crittenton and his cousin were part of another shooting in Atlanta days before the murder of Jones, a mother of four children.

From ESPN’s report:

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, who played one season at Georgia Tech before being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2007, was involved in a highly publicized locker room confrontation with former teammate Gilbert Arenas when both were members of the Washington Wizards in which both reportedly drew guns during an argument in the locker room. He subsequently pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year probation on misdemeanor gun possession. Days later, NBA commissioner David Stern suspended Crittenton and Arenas for the rest of the season. Crittenton was later released by the Wizards.

Most recently, he played for the Dakota Wizards of the NBA Development League in 2011.

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