Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair arrested with guns, ammo, marijuana

Esther Moore
June 12, 2017

The New York Post reported police pulled the 32-year-old man over with another man in the vehicle, identified as 18-year-old Jami Thomas, and discovered the small arsenal during the traffic stop. When the truck attempted to drive off with its headlights turned off, police made the stop.

Officers ultimately searched his pickup truck, finding a number loaded weapons, including three pistols, a semi-automatic rifle, lots of ammunition, a bulletproof vest. and two bags of marijuana. Police then found a number of guns and ammunition, as well as two bags of marijuana inside the auto. That's when they smelled marijuana and saw a lit "blunt" on the dashboard.

Telfair and Thomas were arrested on a slew of charges including unlawful possession of a ballistic vest and unlawful possession of ammunition magazines, the NYPD said.

Thomas was also slapped with controlled substance and gun possession-related charges. Once the truck was pulled over, officers found a burning marijuana cigarette inside, police said.

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Telfair, a Brooklyn native, played for the Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, Minnesota Timberwolves and Phoenix Suns before finishing his National Basketball Association career.

Sunday's incident isn't the first time the standout point guard has landed himself in trouble with the law.

Inside the vehicle, officers found three handguns, a semi-automatic rifle, a bulletproof vest and ammo, according to police.

Telfair eventually fizzled out, though - playing for eight different teams during his 12-year career and recently making the leap to China. In 2007, he was arrested after police found a loaded handgun in his vehicle during a speeding stop. He was selected with the 13th overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in 2004, but lasted just two seasons with the franchise before he was dealt to the Boston Celtics.

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