Former ‘Cuse Star, NBAer, Busted In Cocaine Ring

For someone who was drafted by Philadelphia and plays in Reno, it’s ironic that Damone Brown chose placid Buffalo in which to get in trouble. The NBA D-Leaguer was indicted this week by a federal grand jury in connection with a cocaine ring.

Damone Brown

Brown is accused of leasing a safe deposit box where $170,000 in drug profits were held. Naturally, he was released by the Reno Bighorns, the D-League affiliate of the Kings and Knicks. He’s been released on his own recognizance pending a federal hearing, which means the Celtics can sign him before the deadline and have him available for the playoffs.

Brown, a 6′9″ forward, was taken in the 2nd round by the 76ers in 2001, and has had cups of coffee with the Nets, Raptors, Pacers and Wizards. He appeared in court wearing shackles and a sweatshirt and sweatpants with a small NBA logo.

Brown and seven others were accused in sealed indictments returned Tuesday and unsealed Thursday, when an FBI agent was shot during a roundup of drug suspects at a home in Buffalo, N.Y. The agent was reported in stable condition.

The indictment accuses Brown of leasing a safe deposit box on Nov. 10 and Dec. 11 at a Buffalo bank where a suspected drug kingpin kept his drug proceeds. He could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Authorities have not made clear Brown’s exact relationship to the drug ring, but let’s reiterate — the money was in his bank account. You know what they say; where’s there’s crack smoke, there’s fire.