Ex-NBA player Sebastian Telfair arrested on gun and drug charges

Inside the vehicle, officers found three handguns, a semi-automatic rifle, a bulletproof vest and ammo, according to police.

Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair got himself arrested early Sunday in Brooklyn on gun possession-related charges. Two bags of marijuana and a burning marijuana cigarette were also allegedly found in the 2017 Ford F-150 pickup with Florida plates. They then discovered two bags of marijuana along with the weapons and ammo.

Telfair and the passenger in the vehicle - Jami Thomas, 18, of Brooklyn - were both directed out of the vehicle and arrested, police said.

As the driver, Telfair was charged with possession of a controlled substance, aggravated unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle, a motor vehicle equipment violation, unlawful possession of a ballistic vest, and unlawful possession of an ammunition magazine.

It wasn't clear if Telfair had a lawyer.

Telfair eventually fizzled out, though - playing for eight different teams during his 12-year career and recently making the leap to China.

Thomas was hit with drug and gun charges as well. In that instance, Telfair received three years' probation after pleading guilty to criminal possession of a weapon.

Telfair also saw time with eight other National Basketball Association teams including the Boston Celtics and Minnesota Timberwolves in his career.

Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair was caught riding around in a vehicle with a damn arsenal in the auto and, oh, marijuana, authorities say.

Telfair played 10 seasons in the league, last appearing with the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2014-15 season.

  • Julie Sanders