Nets' D'Angelo Russell caught with marijuana at airport

Arnold Nichols
May 4, 2019

Reports claim the All-Star received a citation after having cannabis discovered in his checked luggage.

Nets guard D'Angelo Russell was busted Wednesday night trying to sneak marijuana through LaGuardia Airport hidden in a secret compartment inside an iced tea can, officials said.

Police questioned Russell, who was flying from NY to Louisville International Airport, after a routine search by TSA officials flagged a can of Arizona Iced Tea in his luggage.

NY marijuana laws include a nonclassified penalty with a $100 fine for possession of less than 25 grams on a first offense, and a misdemeanor penalty, including a $300 fine and the possibility of three months in prison, for possession of 25 grams to two ounces.

According to reports, the incident took place this week at Queens' LaGuardia Airport.

USA Today, which broke the story, reported about the iced tea can. He did so by averaging career bests in points (21.1 per game) and assists (7.0) as the Nets reached the playoffs for the first time since 2015, ultimately losing to the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round.

Russell is a restricted free agent this summer and is expected to re-sign in Brooklyn, where he's played since being acquired for center Brook Lopez in 2017. The player can not be suspended until he violates the marijuana policy three times, USA Today states.

According to A.J. Perez of USA Today, if Russell is convicted of possession he will be forced to enter the NBA's marijuana program but wouldn't be suspended until after three total violations. Behind Russell's strong play, the Nets managed to secure the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.

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