Ex-NBA Player Darius Miles Charged In Airport Gun Arrest

By Randall Stevens  |  10/05/2011

Darius MilesProsecutors decided to file a felony weapons charge against former NBA player Darius Miles for an arrest at a St. Louis airport in August, after security found a loaded handgun.

According to the Associated Press, Miles was charged with unlawful use of a weapon on Friday (September 30) by St. Louis County prosecutors.

The charge carried a maximum four-year prison term.

Miles allegedly trying to pass through Lambert Airport security with the gun in his carry-on bag on August 3.

He turned himself into St. Louis County jail on Monday (October 3), posted $15,000 bond and was released.

TSA told the AP that passengers can carry firearms, parts and ammunition on airplanes, but only in checked bags. They must be unloaded and packed in a hard-sided container, and declared to the airline during the counter check-in process.

This isn't the first time the former NBA player has been in trouble with the law. He was arrested in May 2009 in Illinois after police found a small amount of marijuana following a traffic stop.

Miles was drafted straight out of high school with the #3 overall pick in the 2000 Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers.

During his career, he played for Cleveland, Portland and Memphis, where he last played in 2009. He was invited to try out for the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010, but did not make the team.

His career averages are: 10.1 points and 4.9 rebounds.