Samaki Walker arrested on drug charges

PHOENIX -- Authorities say a former NBA player is facing drug charges in western Arizona after he was arrested last week.

An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer pulled over 35-year-old Samaki Walker on Thursday near Kingman, the agency said Monday.

As the officer approached Walker's car, he could smell marijuana, said agency spokesman Capt. Stephen Harrison. A search of the vehicle produced one gram of marijuana, 259 prescription pills and eight bottles of an unknown prescription, Harrison said.

Walker did not have a prescription for the drugs and the basketball player said some of them were steroids, Harrison alleged.

Officials are conducting tests on the substances to identify them.

It was unclear why Walker was in the area, Harrison said. Court records show he lives in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Walker was booked into Mohave County Jail and has been charged with destruction of evidence, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and prescription drugs. He was released Friday evening after posting bail, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

According to Kingman Justice Court records, Walker does not have yet have an attorney.

Walker played for the University of Louisville and was a first-round draft pick by Dallas in 1996. He spent 10 years in the NBA, playing for San Antonio, Los Angeles and Miami.

Walker was a part of the 2001-2002 Los Angeles Lakers team that won the NBA championship.