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Former Memphis Basketball Star Joe Jackson Arrested On Felony Drug, Gun Charges

Joe Jackson, former Conference USA Player of the Year for Memphis basketball, was arrested on Wednesday night.

Jackson was pulled over for an improper turn, which led to officers finding a pistol, and a backpack full of what is believed to be drugs, as well as $4,500 cash.

The former Memphis Tiger most recently played for the North Arizona Suns of the NBA Developmental League.

More on the arrest, from The Commercial Appeal:

Jackson, a Memphis native, was charged with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture, distribute or sell as well as possession of a firearm while committing a felony. He also faces an additional misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia and a misdemeanor charge for an improper turn.


When officers opened the backpack they found a pill bottle filled with 100 various colored pills that had symbols of a naked lady, a four-leaf clover, a Superman symbol and a dolphin printed on them. Police believed the pills to be ecstasy, according to the affidavit.

Officers also found a .40-caliber pistol under the driver's seat and a .loaded .22 Keltec pistol in the backpack with the drugs, police said.

Police also found $4,500 all in $100 bills in the backpack.

Jackson was a McDonald's All-American, before committing to his hometown Memphis Tigers, where he won Conference USA Player of the Year in 2012-13 as a junior for the 31-5 Tigers. He averaged a career high 14.1 points per game the following year, Memphis' first in the AAC. He finished his college career with 1,687 points.

Jackson went undrafted in 2014 after leaving Memphis, and has played in the D-League and overseas.

[The Commercial Appeal]