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Basketball Star Jose Ortiz Will Serve Jailtime for his Home Marijuana Grow

Jose Ortiz will serve jail time for growing weed

Former NBA player Jose Ortiz  played for the Utah Jazz for two seasons, appeared in four Olympics, and played for the Puerto Rican national team for more than 20 years, but the U.S. territory had no love for the athlete’s fondness for cannabis.

Ortiz was arrested in 2011 after federal agents raided his Puerto Rico home and found his grow operation of 218 marijuana plants. He was sentenced to 600 of community service, but didn’t fully comply, prompting a judge this week to sentence him to serve the remaining 278 hours in jail.

Agents also siezed 40 rounds of assault-rifle ammunition, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. The agency began a monthlong investigation after Immigration and Customs Enforcement received a tip that Ortiz was growing pot in his home in the central mountain town of Cayey.

“He wasn’t aggressive,” U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez said of Ortiz’ arrest. “He cooperated with us.” Agents were unsure how much marijuana the athlete had cultivated and possibly sold, and for how long. Ortiz pled guilty of the charges.

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