NBA player Zach Randolph has been linked to a man accused of dealing marijuana in Indianapolis, police said Wednesday.
Randolph, a Marion native and star power forward for the Memphis Grizzlies, has not been arrested or charged, said Lt. Jeff Duhamell, spokesman for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
However, police say a man was arrested May 11 on suspicion of dealing marijuana while driving a 2008 Cadillac Escalade registered to Randolph.
A police detective described Randolph as a financier for known drug dealers in Indianapolis, according to court documents obtained by The Indianapolis Star.
Attempts to contact Randolph's agent, Raymond Brothers, were unsuccessful. NBA spokesman Tim Frank said the league is monitoring the situation.
I don't know enough to comment on it, but needless to say I'm concerned about it, Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley told The Commercial Appeal late Wednesday night.
Randolph has a history of legal problems, including a marijuana-related arrest when he played for the Portland Trailblazers. He also had juvenile arrests and stays in juvenile detention while growing up in Marion.
Randolph has been linked to Arthur Boyd, 32, who was arrested on suspicion of possession and dealing of marijuana.
Police say when Boyd was arrested he was driving a 2008 Cadillac Escalade registered to Randolph.
Police found more than three ounces of marijuana in the Escalade, according to the court documents.
The documents also say the Escalade had two hidden compartments. Such compartments are commonly used by drug traffickers to stash narcotics, according to the document.
Police seized the Escalade and three of Randolph's custom Chevrolet Impalas that were in a Hamilton County storage facility, which also was registered to Randolph.
Duhamell said authorities have begun forfeiture procedures because they think the vehicles were used to aid the criminal drug-dealing operation.
He should know who is operating his vehicle and should be more responsible for those individuals, Duhamell said.
May 27, 2010
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Local drug arrest tied to NBA player Zach Randolph