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Report: Abdul-Jabbar Arrested

March 20, 1998

TORONTO (AP) _ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s career leading scorer, was arrested by U.S. Customs officials Sunday for possession of six grams of marijuana at Pearson International Airport, the Toronto Sun reported today.

The newspaper said Abdul-Jabbar, 50, was fined $500 before being allowed to board a flight to Los Angeles.

Peel Regional Police Supt. Blair Foley said the former Los Angeles Lakers center was released without conditions, although his name was entered into Canadian and U.S. police computers.

Foley said a U.S. Customs dog detected the marijuana, which the former Los Angeles Lakers center concealed in a glass vial.

``He turned the drugs over to us,″ Foley said. ``He was searched for further drugs, but there weren’t any.″

Foley said Abdul-Jabbar was arrested for possession of a controlled drug. He was not charged by Canadian police, who used their discretionary powers to leave the matter with U.S. Customs.

U.S. Customs spokesman Cherise Miles said any U.S. citizen caught with a small amount of marijuana is fined $500 and required to fill out four sets of Customs forms. The newspaper said calls to Abdul-Jabbar’s Los Angeles company were unanswered.

Meanwhile, misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment charges against Abdul-Jabbar were dismissed Thursday by a Los Angeles judge who ruled he had complied with orders to complete 36 hours of anger management counseling.

West Los Angeles Municipal Court Commissioner Gary Bindman said Abdul-Jabbar followed the Jan. 29 court order, which also required a $5,000 payment to a police department program for at-risk youth.

Jerry Cohen, a Universal Studios music editor, accused Abdul-Jabbar of attacking him after a traffic dispute April 20, 1997. Cohen and Abdul-Jabbar settled a civil lawsuit in December.

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