Lakers' Alex Caruso Arrested on Marijuana Possession, Drug Paraphernalia Charges

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJune 23, 2021

Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Phoenix Suns, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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Texas A&M University Police arrested Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso and charged him with possession of marijuana (under two ounces) and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Brazos County (Texas) jail records show that Caruso was booked Tuesday and released later in the day (h/t Bill Oram of The Athletic).

ESPN provided more details on Caruso's arrest: 

Lieutenant Bobby Richardson of the Texas A&M Police Department told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that around 2 p.m. local time, Caruso tried to board a flight at McKinsey Airport, which is located on the A&M campus.

The Transportation and Security Administration searched Caruso's bags and found a herb grinder that contained marijuana, Richardson said.

Caruso, who was born and raised in College Station and played college basketball there for Texas A&M, has been in the NBA for four seasons.

The Lakers signed him to a two-way contract in July 2017, and he's been with the franchise ever since.

The 27-year-old won an NBA title with the 2019-20 Lakers, averaging 6.5 points in 24.3 minutes per game in the playoffs.

The guard is set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.