Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso was arrested at the Easterwood airport on Tuesday for marijuana possession charges.
According to the police, Caruso tried to book a flight while possessing a weed grinder. The 28-year-old was charged for the possession of drug paraphernalia as well as marijuana possession. He was arrested on Tuesday in Texas.
Lt. Bobby Richardson, Texas A&M police spokesman stated that the police officers at the airport contacted the TSA agents present at the airport, explaining to them that they believe they have found paraphernalia in the possession of a basketball player who is all set to board a flight.
The Transportation and Security Administration further stated that they retrieved a herb grinder from Caruso’s bags which contained marijuana. It was less than two ounces.
The charges placed against Alex Caruso were both misdemeanor charges.
Caruso was later released by the police after he paid a fine of $552 and on a total bond of $4200 against both the charges.
Marijuana is considered legal for recreational use in California where Caruso resides but it is still illegal in Texas.
The Lakers star has gone to his hometown to play collegiate ball. He was born in College Station, Texas and his immediate family still lives there.
The Texas A&M University police are the acting arresting agency because the Easterwood airport is located inside the university premises.
Alex Caruso is one of the most prized players of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team. He played for a season with Texas A&M before joining the NBA in 2017. He is playing as an unrestricted free agent this offseason but the Lakers have shown interest in re-signing him
Caruso has played his entire career in the NBA with the Lakers since he joined back in 2017. He was part of the Lakers team which won the championship last season. He has an average of 6.4 points, with 2.8 assists and 2.9 rebounds this season with a tally of 58 games.
The defending champions Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from the NBA playoffs this year in the first round of the playoffs by the phoenix suns.