Shawne Williams Arrested: Former NBA Player Busted On Drug Charges

Former first-round NBA draft pick Shawne Williams was arrested this week in Tennessee for possession of marijuana and codeine.

According to ESPN, Williams, 26, was busted Thursday after a police officer patrolling a parking lot in Memphis detected the smell of marijuana coming from Shawne’s Porsche Panamera.

After being asked to step out of his vehicle, Williams said:

“Officer I ain’t gonna lie to you, there’s a blunt in the car and some syrup.”

Police reports say the officer went on to find a partially smoked marijuana blunt inside the car, another blunt that had not been smoked, and a bottle containing 83 grams of codeine cough syrup, for which the former athlete did not have a prescription.

After finding the items, the officer arrested Williams for possession of weed and codeine with intent to manufacture, deliver or sell.

Online records indicate he was released on bond Friday (December 14) and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday (December 17).

NBC Sports notes this isn’t the first time Williams has been busted on drug charges – he was arrested in 2007 in Indianapolis for possession of marijuana and in 2010 for selling codeine.

Shawne Williams, a 6-foot-9 forward who spent one year at the University of Memphis before going pro, played five seasons in the NBA for five different teams, most recently as a member of the New Jersey Nets last year.

Shawne’s best season was in 2011 with the New York Knicks when he averaged 7.1 points and nearly four boards per contest.

He holds career averages of 5.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.