ATLANTA -- Former NBA star John Drew, accused of selling cocaine to an agent of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Friday was held in jail pending a grand jury review of the charges.
Drew, who in January became the first player to be banned by the NBA under its drug agreement with the players' union, was being held without bond in the Fulton County Jail after his arrest Thursday at his Atlanta home.
The 32-year-old forward appeared Friday before Fulton County State Court magistrate Joann Bayneum and was bound over pending a grand jury's investigation of two counts of selling cocaine and one count of possession of cocaine. Assuming the grand jury acts, another hearing date will then be set.
Atlanta Hawks officials said they were devastated by the news of Drew's arrest.
It's sad,' Hawks President Stan Kasten said. 'I don't have the words to tell you how sad it is.'
'During the course of another investigation, (Drew's) name came up (as a cocaine dealer),' said Georgia agent Charles McMichen. 'One of our agents contacted him. He made two purchases of cocaine during the last three weeks.'
McMichen said the agent purchased $250 worth of cocaine the first time and $500 worth of the drug the second time.
Officials said Drew had two small packets of cocaine worth about $100 each when he was arrested.
Drew, who was playing for Continental Basketball Association's Wyoming Wildcatters when he was banned in January, may not apply to return to NBA until the 1987-88 season.
He played for the Hawks from 1974 to 1982, twice making the NBA All-Star team. He was traded to the Utah Jazz four years ago for the negotiating rights to Dominique Wilkins, who led the Hawks to the NBA playoffs last season.
After he joined the Jazz, Drew was enrolled in a drug treatment program at a Maryland clinic. When he was released, he publicly announced he had been using cocaine since 1977.
Drew, released by Utah in December 1984, averaged 20.7 points per game during his NBA career.
The Washington Bullets attempted to sign Drew last season but the NBA would not approve the contract.