Ex-NBA player arrested for gun at airport

Former NBA player Darius Miles was arrested after guards found

him trying to take a loaded gun through security at Lambert Airport

in St. Louis, a jail official said Thursday.

Miles, 29, was booked then released on Wednesday and no charges

have been filed, according to Ginna Jones, a bonding specialist at

the St Louis County jail.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Greg Soule

would not confirm that Miles was arrested, but said TSA officials

contacted police after a passenger was discovered with a gun during

X-ray screening around 3 p.m. Wednesday. Soule did not say what

kind of gun was found or how it was concealed.

Messages left with Miles’ attorney and with the St. Louis County

prosecutor’s office were not returned. Miles’ phone number is not

listed.

Miles grew up in East St. Louis, Ill., and now lives in Swansea,

Ill., a St. Louis suburb. The 6-foot-9 forward was a highly

regarded player out of East St. Louis High School. He was drafted

straight out of high school No. 3 overall by the Los Angeles

Clippers in 2000. He later played for Cleveland, Portland and

Memphis, where he last played in 2009. He was invited to try out

for the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010 but did not make the team.

In 446 career games, Miles averaged 10.1 points and 4.9

rebounds.

This is not Miles’ first run-in with the law. He was arrested in

May 2009 after police in Fairview Heights, Ill., said they found a

small amount of marijuana during a traffic stop for failing to use

a turn signal. He was also ticketed for driving with a suspended

license.

Police searched Miles’ 1996 Chevrolet Impala and said they found

the marijuana in a plastic bag in the passenger compartment. The

drug charge was dismissed in May 2011 after Miles successfully

completed a drug education course, according to online court

records. He pleaded guilty in December 2010 on the driving while

suspended charge and was placed under court supervision for one

year and assessed $1,000 in fines and court costs.

Miles was suspended for 10 games in the 2008-09 season while

with Memphis for violation of the league’s substance abuse

policy.

The TSA says passengers can carry firearms, parts and ammunition

on airplanes, but only in checked bags. The weapons must be

unloaded and packed in a hard-sided container, and declared to the

airline during the counter check-in process. The agency also urges

passengers to contact their airline for its firearm and ammunition

policies.

AP reporter Jim Suhr in St. Louis contributed to this

report.