Friday , Jan , 15 , 2010 C.Y. Ellis

Shawne Williams Held on $16K Bond for Eight Drug Charges

Former Memphis Tigers basketball player Shawne Williams, who was waived by the NBA’s New Jersey Nets today, was indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on Tuesday on eight drug counts.

Shawne Williams, pictured here as a University of Memphis Tiger in a 2005 preseason NIT tournament game against Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has been arrested on drug charges in Memphis.
According to the Shelby County District Attorney’s office, Williams was indicted on four counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture/deliver/sell, and four counts of conspiracy to manufacture/deliver/sell a controlled substance, a codeine-based syrup. Both are considered Class E felonies and carry standard sentences of 1-2 years, if convicted.

Williams turned himself in to authorities and was booked today into the Shelby County Jail. His bond has been set at $16,000. He is one of 24 defendants indicted following the Memphis Police Department’s "Operation: Lockdown" investigation.