Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso was arrested by Texas A&M University Police on Tuesday for possession of under two ounces of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Brazos County Sheriff’s Office. Caruso was released later that day on cash bonds totaling $3,552.
In the State of Texas, possession of less than two ounces of marijuana is a Class B misdemeanor with a maximum fine $2,000 and 180 days in jail. The possession of drug paraphernalia is a Class C misdemeanor, which can result in a maximum fine of $500, but not jail time.
Lieutenant Bobby Richardson of the Texas A&M Police Department told ESPN that around 2 p.m. local time, Caruso tried to board a flight, where TSA agents searched Caruso's bags and found a herb grinder that contained marijuana.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) June 23, 2021
We reached out to the Lakers for comment on this and they declined to respond, but LeBron James has already reacted to the news on Twitter, joking that he paid Caruso’s bail for him (Caruso had already posted bail prior to James’ tweet):
Caruso, a proud native of College Station, Texas, is coming off of his second full season with the Lakers. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent this summer and the overwhelming expectation is that he’s going to re-sign with Los Angeles. He’s also publicly said that he wants to return next season.
Caruso averaged 6.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals per game through 58 appearances with the Lakers last season.
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