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Cavaliers' West faces more arms charges

CLEVELAND Cavaliers guard Delonte West was indicted on additional weapons and traffic charges on Tuesday stemming from his September 17 arrest for speeding on a motorcycle and carrying multiple weapons.

The eight-count indictment sheds no new light on why West, 26, was riding a motorcycle on a highway in Prince George's County, Maryland, at 10pm with two loaded handguns and a loaded shotgun. Prosecutors added a Bowie knife to the list of concealed weapons West was carrying.

It's illegal in Maryland to carry concealed weapons and to transport loaded handguns. He'd cut off a police officer on the highway, and the officer pulled him over and discovered the weapons.

West was indicted on two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon, two counts of carrying a handgun, two counts of transporting a handgun, and one count each of reckless driving and negligent driving. The charges are all misdemeanors.

Each of the weapons counts carries a penalty of up to three years in prison.

West was initially charged with just two counts of carrying a handgun and with driving in excess of reasonable and prudent speed.

West has been treated in the past for bipolar disorder, and last week his wife filed a domestic violence report against him in Ohio. No charges have been filed in that incident.

West, who could still face a league suspension over the charges in Maryland, made his season debut during Saturday's 90-79 win against the Charlotte Bobcats.


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