Zach Randolph Drug Bust: Grizzlies Forward Accused of Being Kingpin

Jon StarSenior Writer IMay 27, 2010

News broke late this morning that Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph has once again found himself in some seriously hot water.  Randolph, who has a laundry list of run-ins with authorities, has been identified as a "major marijuana supplier in Indianapolis," according to the NBA-player-Zach-Randolph">Indianapolis Star.

6News out of Indianapolis reported that a suspect named Arthur Boyd, 32, was pulled over by police who had staked out his house.  A search of the car led to the knowledge that the vehicle is licensed to Randolph.  The police report stated that marijuana and ammunition were found inside the Cadillac Escalade.

Further police investigation led authorities to a storage rental facility where four units under Randolph's name were searched. The police found additional "controlled substances" inside two of the units, as well as four additional vehicles equipped with secret compartments.

Randolph has not yet been charged with anything, and his lawyer vehemently denied any connections to drug trafficking, stating that the secret compartments in the vehicles were meant for valuables.

The Indianapolis Star went on to report that police consider Randolph the financial muscle behind the operations.

Randolph has endured a list of legal troubles throughout his NBA career.

In May 2002, Randolph was cited for underage drinking. In 2003, he was suspended two games and fined $100,000 for punching Trail Blazers teammate Ruben Patterson.

In December 2003, Randolph was charged with driving while under the influence of intoxicants following a police stop during which marijuana was smelled in his vehicle.

In August 2004, Randolph avoided charges of lying to investigators regarding a nightclub shooting.  His brother spent three years in prison.

In June 2006, Randolph was cited for street racing in Portland. Two months later, charges of sexual assault were dropped.

In April 2009, he was charged with a DUI, though the charges were later reduced.