Timberwolves’ Taurean Prince Avoids Drug And Gun Charges Over Texas Arrest

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Minnesota Timberwolves forward Taurean Prince will not face any charges following his drug-related arrest back in May. The arrest happened in Miami when the player was apprehended on a fugitive out-of-state warrant, but the situation leading to the arrest allegedly originated in Arlington, Texas. The arrest warrant for Prince was obtained after police conducted a search of his vehicle and allegedly found vape pens along with marijuana. Prince was later arrested at Miami International Airport.

A grand jury refused to charge the former 2016 twelfth-overall pick with possession of a controlled substance. Additionally, Prince also avoided having to face gun charges from prosecutors for the firearms police say he reportedly had in his possession. Prince’s attorney, Kent Schaffer, issued a statement explaining why both charges were dropped against his client.

“The charges were dropped because the search was clearly illegal. On top of that, carrying a gun is legal in Texas, if not encouraged, and the amount of marijuana alleged to be in the vehicle was probably less than a usable quantity,” Schaffer said.

The Timberwolves and Prince agreed to a two year contract-extension this past off-season, where the player is averaging more than $14 million per year. The second year of the new deal is reportedly a team option, meaning the team has the option to keep Prince after the first year of the deal.
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