Former NBA player and first round draft picking Sebastian Telfair was arrested on Sunday, June 11 on weapons and drugs charges in Brooklyn, New York.
Telfair, 32, was allegedly illegally parked in a pickup truck with another man, 18-year-old Jami Thomas. When Telfair and Thomas were spotted by police them, police stopped them after Telfair started driving without turning the car’s headlights on.
Upon searching the vehicle, New York City Police officers found three loaded firearms, one semi-automatic rifle, a bulletproof vest, a large quantity of ammunition and two bags of marijuana inside the car.
Telfair, 32, and another man, Jami Thomas, 18, were found with three loaded firearms, a semi-automatic rifle, ammunition and a bullet-resistant vest, police said. Two bags of marijuana and a burning marijuana cigarette were also allegedly found in the 2017 Ford F-150 pickup with Florida plates.
They were parked illegally on the median on Atlantic Avenue near Classon Street, said police. As officers approached, they started to drive off, according to the source. Police who pulled them over smelled marijuana and saw a lit “blunt” on the dashboard, police said.
Telfair and Thomas were at the police precinct Sunday afternoon. It wasn’t clear whether they had attorneys.
Telfair is facing charges of gun possession and possession of a controlled substance.
This is not Telfair’s first legal incident. In April 2007, Telfair was charged with second-degree possession of a handgun. In October 2008, he pleaded guilty Telfair pleaded guilty criminal possession of a weapon and was sentenced to three years of probation.
Telfair was the 13th draft pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, being selected by the Portland Trail Blazers. Telfair played for eight different teams during his 10-year NBA career, last playing with the Oklahoma City Thunder.