Drug Investigation May Implicate Zach Randolph

by May 27, 2010

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

One of the better stories of the 2009-2010 NBA season was the turnaround made by Zach Randolph, who reinvented himself into an All-Star and all-around good guy. Everyone spoke well of him, about the positive changes he had made in his life.

And all of that may come crashing down, as Z-Bo could find himself in big trouble with the law.

A drug trafficking investigation in Indianapolis has ties to Zach Randolph, in which he’s reportedly being accused of being a major supplier of marijuana.

WRTV Indianapolis
and Fox 13 News have the details:

According to a probable cause affidavit, a trusted police informant identified Memphis Grizzlie player Zach Randolph as a major marijuana supplier in Indianapolis, 6News’ Jack Rinehart reported. Narcotics officers were staking out a suspected drug house on Indianapolis’ north side two weeks ago when they pulled over Arthur Boyd, 32, soon after he left the residence, near 75th Street and Binford Avenue, police said.

According to the affidavit, the Cadillac Escalade that Boyd was driving was registered to Randolph, and police found marijuana and ammunition stowed inside … Based on information found in the Escalade, police later raided a northeast side storage facility, where they said Randolph rents four lockers. According to the affidavit, a police K-9 alerted to controlled substances in two of the four units, and police found more cars with secret compartments inside.

Randolph’s attorney, John Tompkins, told 6News Wednesday evening that Boyd worked for his client, and that Randolph is not connected to any drug activity. He said Randolph’s vehicle has secret compartments as a safety precaution for concealing valuables, and that police have told him the vehicles are in the process of being released. Tompkins said the Memphis Grizzlies will release a statement on Thursday in support of Randolph.

In light of this latest incident for Z-bo, no one can predict what the future holds for him.

One thing is for certain, though: Now would not be a particularly good time for Randolph to ask the Grizzlies for that new contract again.