Tuesday, July 8, 2003

Trail Blazers' Stoudamire arrested on drug charges

The Associated Press

PHOENIX - Damon Stoudamire was arrested on marijuana charges after allegedly trying to pass through an airport metal detector with almost 1 1/2 ounces of the drug wrapped in aluminum foil.

The Portland Trail Blazers' guard was stopped at the Tucson airport Thursday as he prepared to board a flight to New Orleans.

The team suspended Stoudamire and fined him $250,000.

He was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. Police said he was carrying almost 40 grams of marijuana.

After Stoudamire set off the metal detector, he placed the drug and rolling papers into a plastic security bin, police said. Security officials then summoned police.

Stoudamire told officers the drug was marijuana and it was his. He was released and is to appear in court July 25. He could face up to $2,500 in fines and unsupervised probation on each charge.

MAGIC: Orlando guard Darrell Armstrong was arrested early Monday after being accused of fighting with a female police officer outside a nightclub.

Armstrong was charged with battery on a law-enforcement officer and resisting arrest without violence. He was released after posting $1,000 bond. Armstrong tried to enter a full taxi outside a club and, upset over being denied a ride, he stood in traffic.

When Officer Teresa Joyce tried to get him out of the street, he scuffled with her and other officers before being arrested. .

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