U.S. marshals stop commercial bus, arrest ex-NBA player Clark

Updated: October 19, 2007, 2:15 AM ET
Associated Press

SPLENDORA, Texas -- A former NBA player wanted on drug and weapons charges in Illinois was arrested Thursday when U.S. marshals stopped him aboard a commercial bus heading out of Houston, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.

Arian Keon Clark, 32, who last played for the Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns, was scheduled for trial in August 2006 in Vermilion County in Illinois for possession of marijuana, two counts of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of firearm possession.

He is also facing charges of driving with a suspended license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and DUI.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Marshals Service Gulf Coast Violent Offenders & Fugitive Task Force got a tip that Clark was in the Houston area. The next day, they learned that Clark was on a bus going from Houston to Longview, Texas, said Deputy U.S. Marshal Marianne Matus.

After marshals stopped the bus in Splendora, about 34 miles northeast of Houston, Clark was arrested without incident, said Matus. He was being held in the San Jacinto County Jail on Thursday. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Clark, who is from Danville, Ill., was originally drafted by the Orlando Magic in 1998, but was traded to the Denver Nuggets, where he played for three years. Clark also played for the Toronto Raptors and the Sacramento Kings.

He played two games for the Jazz before being traded to the Suns in 2004.


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