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Former NBA Player Iman Shumpert Arrested in Texas for Cannabis Possession

Iman Shumpert is a former NBA athlete, well-known for being a part of teams such as New York Knicks (Cleveland Cavaliers), Sacramento Kings (Sacrament Kings), Houston Rockets (Sacramento Kings), and Brooklyn Nets (also the Dancing With the StarsThe Season 30 Champion was taken into custody for marijuana possession while on vacation last week.

Shumpert, who was on the way to Los Angeles from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), had in his baggage 6.2 ounces. The following is from the Associated Press, the DFW Airport Department of Public Safety, this was a “sizeable amount of marijuana.” The police also reported that Shumpert had a Glock magazine with 14 nine-millimeter rounds, but no firearm, in his bag as well, however this is not currently a part of the charge.

The police report stated that Shumpert told officers that he had cannabis in his bag, and “asked if there was any way he could make his flight” so he could arrive on time and pick up one of his daughters.

Police said no and instead arrested him for felonious possession.

Texas’s recreational cannabis laws are illegal. Texas medical marijuana is permitted only under certain conditions. Current state prison felony is possession of marijuana greater than 4 ounces but less than 5 lbs. Shumpert could be sentenced to up to 2 years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine if convicted.

It’s a cautionary tale for anyone planning to travel with cannabis. In legal states, many airports have relaxed restrictions on cannabis possession. One Canadian airport had considered opening a dispensary for cannabis earlier this year. In 2020, Chicago airports installed marijuana amnesty boxes for passengers to store their cannabis before they fly. In 2018, Los Angeles International Airport changed its policy to allow cannabis possession at the airport—but not on an actual flight.

Vic Mensa was arrested in January with 124gpsilocybin pills, 178gpsilocybin gums, 6gpsilocybin mushroom and 41g LSD. The arrest occurred at Washington Dulles International Airport, Virginia, after Mensa returned from Ghana. The charges against him included felony narcotics possess. Vic Mensa, a Chicago-based cannabis producer, has launched the 93 Boyz brand.

It is dangerous to travel with marijuana abroad, as Brittney Griner (WNBA player) was held in Russia for possessing vape cartridges in February. On August 4, Russian judges found her guilty and sentenced her to nine and a half years imprisonment. According to reports, the U.S. has been in discussions with Russian officials about a possible prisoner swap. Griner is expected to be returned home. Biden’s administration last week offered Viktor Bout (Russian prisoner) to Griner. Another American was Paul Whelan who is currently in jail on espionage allegations since 2018.

“I want to apologize to my teammates, my club, my fans and the city of (Yekaterinburg) for my mistake that I made and the embarrassment that I brought on them,” Griner said after the charge was issued, according to the Associated Press. “I want to also apologize to my parents, my siblings, the Phoenix Mercury organization back at home, the amazing women of the WNBA, and my amazing spouse back at home.”