Ex-NBA forward Art Long arrested on drug, gun charges


art-long-seattleFormer East High School basketball star and NBA player Art Long has been charged with gun and drug crimes and connected to a drug operation that Rochester police said has been the cause of violence in the city for months, DemocratandChronicle reported.

Chief James Sheppard announced the arrest of Long and others during a press conference Monday that was called also to discuss two separate weekend shooting events in the Plymouth Avenue and Exchange Street area where the alleged drug ring has been operating over the past several months.

Sheppard said the shootings have not been connected to each other, or to the drug operation to which Long and the others arrested have been linked.

Sheppard said police had been conducting an “extended investigation” for the past five weeks that resulted in numerous arrests and numerous seizures of weapons.

On Monday, he displayed a variety of what he called “assault weapons” that he said were seized during the execution of search warrants at least three locations, including Long’s home in Chili.

On July 18, a search warrant was executed at Long’s home and discovered there were a .45 caliber handgun that had been reported stolen, and a WASR 7.62 rifle.

Long played three seasons in the NBA, for Sacramento Kings, Seattle Supersonics, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors.

He averaged career best 4.5 ppg and 4.0 rpg for Seattle during the 2001-02 season.

Long appeared in total of 98 NBA games (27 started), averaging 3.5 ppg and 3.3 rpg in 12.4 mpg.

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