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Former top 10 pick Rodney White arrested for growing marijuana

Jul 27, 2011, 1:23 PM EDT

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Rodney White, the college star who put UNC Charlotte in the NCAA Tournament a decade ago then was the No. 9 pick of the Detroit Pistons in 2001, has been arrested, according to the Charlotte Observer (via SLAM).

The charges are pretty serious — “managing what investigators called “an elaborate” marijuana-growing operation in Alexander and Iredell counties” according to the report.

“During the search, an elaborate underground bunker was located, where detectives found a hidden marijuana grow room,” Redmond said.

Based on that discovery, agents got a search warrant for a residence on Montibello Drive in Mooresville. Redmond said detectives found more than four pounds of marijuana; an assortment of firearms; grow lights; planting materials; and other items used to grow marijuana.

White played four seasons in the NBA with the Pistons, Nuggets and Warriors, plus played some in Europe and Asia after his NBA career ended.

He is being held on $50,000 bail.

  1. downtowndanny - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    Legalize it! it’s better than smoking cigarettes….

  2. downtowndanny - Jul 27, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    half the leagues smokes anyway…..I bet this whole summers been Up In Smoke

  3. mornelithe - Jul 28, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    According to estimates as long ago as 2009, roughly 100,000,000 people in the United States have tried, or currently use Marijuana. We spend 12-20 billion a year on a prohibition that’s only made the prohibited drug easier to find, and there’s serious evidence to conclude that the extreme focus on Marijuana has diverted resources away from Cocaine, Crystal Meth, Heroine and other hard drug busts (as is shown by the drop in said busts, and the astronomical leap in Marijuana busts).

  4. sham13ert - Jul 28, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Bad pick by Dumars, should’ve gone with Zach Randolph or Tony Parker. Randolph was the local guy, at the better school that just went to the final four.

    Sometimes I wonder about his draft choices.

    As far as Rodney goes… a bunker? What is this Pineapple Express?

  5. blackngold4life - Aug 1, 2011 at 5:46 AM

    only 4 pounds? maybe they countin by the plant (equivalent to 60 or more)

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