Knicks almost-star forward Wilson Chandler, stopped by police 'round midnight for driving his Benz in the Bronx with his headlights off, was subsequently charged for criminal possession of a few small bags (under 2 ounces) of weed with intent to inhale. Apparently, although the lights were off (in the car and in somebody's head), the new spliff smell in the car interior, led police to believe that someone had lit up, which was confirmed by the brother on the passenger side. This is the story and the DA is sticking to it:
NEW YORK(AP) — New York Knicks swingman Wilson Chandler was charged Wednesday with a minor drug offense after police said they found marijuana in his car during a traffic stop.
Police stopped Chandler at a corner in Queens Tuesday night around 11:15 p.m. for driving his Mercedes Benz with the headlights off. When the officers approached the car, they smelled marijuana, police said. A passenger in the front seat, Lamonte Yarbrough, admitted to the officers he had been smoking pot, police said.
The officers recovered a plastic bag of marijuana from the console inside the car and five other small plastic bags from the trunk, weighing a total of under 2 ounces, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Chandler, 23, and Yarbrough, 22, were charged with 5th degree criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. They were given desk appearance tickets and must appear in court July 1. They were not taken into police custody.
A Knicks spokesman said the team would be issuing a statement. It wasn’t clear whether the men, both from Benton Harbor, Mich., had attorneys.
The 6-foot-8 Chandler averaged 15.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 35.7 minutes per game this year, missing the final month of the season with a groin strain. He’s had ankle surgery and surgery to repair a sports hernia since the season ended.
The Knicks exercised their fourth-year option on the guard/forward in October. They had selected him in the first round of the 2007 draft.
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