Former NBA Player Iman Shumpert Arrested in Texas for Cannabis Possession

The list of celebrities and famous athletes who are caught in possession of cannabis at airports or while abroad continues to expand, this time with a former NBA player.
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Former NBA athlete Iman Shumpert, known for playing on teams such as the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, and Brooklyn Nets, and also the Dancing With the Stars Season 30 champion was arrested for cannabis possession last week while traveling.

Shumpert was in possession of 6.2 ounces of cannabis in his luggage on July 30 while going through security at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) on his way to Los Angeles. According to 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.

However, police told him no, and arrested him for felony possession instead.

In Texas, recreational cannabis is illegal and medical cannabis is only permitted under specific circumstances. Currently, possession of more than four ounces (but less than five pounds) of cannabis is a state jail felony. If Shumpert is convicted, the charge could net him up to two years imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine.

It’s a cautionary tale for anyone planning to travel with cannabis. Many airports in legal states have loosened restrictions for cannabis possession. Earlier this year in Canada, one airport was considering allowing a cannabis dispensary on-site. Airports in Chicago installed cannabis amnesty boxes in 2020 for travelers to drop their cannabis in prior to their flights. In 2018, Los Angeles International Airport changed its policy to allow cannabis possession at the airport—but not on an actual flight.

Earlier this year in January, rapper Vic Mensa was caught with 124 grams of psilocybin capsules, 178 grams of psilocybin gummies, six grams of psilocybin mushrooms, and 41 grams LSD, while at Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia after returning from Ghana. He was charged with felony narcotics possession. Despite this, Vic Mensa started his own cannabis brand in Chicago, Illinois called 93 Boyz, launching later this month.

Traveling with cannabis abroad has proven to be dangerous, such as the case of WNBA athlete Brittney Griner, who was detained in Russia in February for possession of vape cartridges. Although she claimed the cannabis was being used for medical purposes, and she holds a medical cannabis card in the U.S., Russian judges concluded on August 4 that she is guilty of her charges and has been sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison. Reports have shared that the U.S. is in talks with Russian officials for a potential prisoner swap in order bring Griner home. Last week, the Biden administration made an offer to exchange Russian prisoner Viktor Bout for Griner, as well as another American, Paul Whelan, who has been imprisoned on espionage charges 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.”

  1. Marijuana prohibition, still locking up black people since Harry Anslinger’s big lie in 1937. It’s time to wake up, this is a stupid waste of law enforcement resources and tax payer money.

    1. @Jon J – yet some of these blacks keep committing crimes. This fool had 6 ounces of weed with him. Is that for personal use? Six ounces? Give me a break. And had a magazine from a Glock pistol with him? Stop defending this black man. He’s vermin. He’s scum. Hopefully he gets 10 years.

  2. So it’s OK to drink and conceal and carry but it’s not ok to carry bullets only and weed. People drink drive and die those are facts, people drive slow under weed. That’s like having 3 24 packs of beer and some bullets. Comments above me is racist, and ignorant.

    1. Whoever said it was okay to drink and drive? Are you that fucking stupid?? As for carry and conceal…if the paperwork is in order then it’s not breaking the law. You are a simpleton.

  3. Ppl do more illegal sh!t that’s worst than this and yet the rascist comments are on here. Why won’t they lock the mf up that’s involved with human trafficking and underground torturing

    1. I have no sympathy for this NBA benchwarmer turned gangbanger. Nothing racist about my comment either. Assholes come in all colors. This piece of shit just happens to be black and hence the race card gets played. I’m so fucking sick of it. Don’t. Break. The. Law.

  4. Thinking he did this on purpose. Great post I second the comment: Marijuana prohibition, still locking up black people since Harry Anslinger’s big lie in 1937. It’s time to wake up, this is a stupid waste of law enforcement resources and tax payer money. Our leadership can grow up.

  5. Of course he did it on purpose. Or do you think he packed 6 ounces of weed by accident? Christ, some of you people are so stupid. Stop breaking the law dammit. Or move to Canada where pot is legal.

    1. Thats not what i meant. I meant did he do it on purpose to expose our bad racist laws on cannabis? I think so. Think deeper.

      1. So let me get this straight David. You are saying he risked prison in order to expose the racist laws against cannabis?? I think this is the most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard in my life. And you’re telling me to think deeper?? Dude, the only thing deep about your statement is how deep you have your head stuck up your ass. This piece of trash tried to sneak 6 ounces of weed onto his flight. Period. The dummy got caught. Period. Case closed. Period. Suggesting it was done on purpose just to prove a point against racism and cannabis is the most ridiculous take I’ve ever heard.

  6. Hopefully they lock up this hood for at least 10 years. The streets are much safer when thugs like this are stuck behind bars where they belong.

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