Former NBA Utah Jazz player Jose Ortiz was arrested in San Juan, Puerto Rico in a major drug bust by federal agents where 218 marijuana plants and 40 rounds of assault weapon ammunition were seized as evidence. Ortiz now faces a minimum sentence of at least five years in a federal prison if convicted of intent to distribute illegal drugs.
Ortiz ranks as one of the greatest players ever to hail from Puerto Rico. He was a great player for the Utah Jazz, with impressive skills. But, apparently Ortiz’s defense for the charges stems from some drug problems of his own as he has agreed to enter a drug rehab program and remain there until his appearance for trial on the serious drug charges.
Some former NBA players have fallen hard since their days in the sports league. Ortiz now apparently joins that dubious hall of shame.