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Gilbert Arenas Charged for Transporting More Than 100 Pounds of Fireworks

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 24:  Gilbert Arenas #1 of the Orlando Magic looks at the scoreboard during the game against the Detroit Pistons at Amway Arena on January 24, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIINovember 30, 2016

Three-time NBA All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas was discovered to have had in excess of 100 pounds of dangerous, illegal fireworks on June 27. As of Thursday he's been officially charged with a crime and could face significant jail time.

TMZ.com originally reported on the matter last month, and provided an update early this morning, noting that Arenas had been charged with misdemeanor fireworks possession without a permit.

Due to the fact that he had more than 100 pounds of explosives, Arenas could be hit with as much as a year in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

The California Highway Patrol pulled Arenas over simply for speeding initially, but eventually needed an LAPD bomb squad to haul away the fireworks from the back of Arenas' Ford truck.

The 31-year-old is due in court next month.

He now plays for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. His last stint in the NBA was a brief 17 games for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2011-12.

During the best days of Arenas' career with the Washington Wizards, he was one of the game's rising stars, scoring a career-high of 29.3 points per game in the 2005-06 campaign.

After only playing in 13 games due to injury in 2007-08, he was signed to a six-year, $111 million extension to remain in D.C., but appeared in only two games in the subsequent campaign and was never the same.

Arenas played in 32 games in 2009-10, but was suspended for the remainder of that season for bringing guns into the Wizards' locker room. He eventually pleaded guilty to felony gun possession, spent a month in a halfway house and was on two years' probation.

Nagging knee injuries stymied an otherwise promising career, which has been overshadowed in some regard with legal trouble. That's even more the case in light of this latest development involving the illegal fireworks.

For his NBA career, Arenas has averaged 20.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 12 years in the league, and averaged that exact number of points in 14 games for the Sharks this past year.

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