Nye County, Nevada, district attorney says it’s not possible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that former NBA star used cocaine
More good news for Lamar Odom.
The former NBA star, who was released from the hospital on Friday after being found unconscious in a Nevada brothel in October, will not face drug charges stemming from the incident, Nye County, Nevada, district attorney Angela A. Bello said Monday.
“Based on the present evidence and surrounding circumstances, the Nye County District Attorney’s office has decided not to bring drug charges against Lamar Odom,” Bello said in a statement.
“Although the evidence showed Mr. Odom had metabolized cocaine in his system while he was present in Nye County in October of 2015, he was not found in the possession of cocaine and it is unlikely it could established beyond a reasonable doubt he actually ingested, or was impaired by, the drug during the time he was within the jurisdiction of Nye County,” the statement added.
Odom was found unconscious at the Love Ranch brothel in Nevada on October 13, after booking what was to be a five-day spree with two prostitutes. Shortly after he was found, brothel employees told authorities that Odom had admitted to using cocaine prior to his arrival, and had ingested up to 10 herbal sexual enhancers during his stay there.
However, a law enforcement investigation uncovered evidence that Odom, who’s struggled with substance abuse in the past, might have used cocaine during his brothel stay.
On Friday, Odom was released from the hospital to continue his treatment at a rehabilitation facility.
Odom’s maternal aunt, JaNean Mercer, said in a statement Friday: “It is with extreme gratitude and appreciation to ALL of you around the world … who have prayed without ceasing for Lamar, that we announce his transition to the next stage of his miraculous recovery at a new facility.”