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
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
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
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
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
AP reporter Jim Suhr in St. Louis contributed to this