Lamar Odom Will NOT Be Charged With Cocaine Possession — STATEMENT
Lamar Odom will NOT be charged for cocaine possession, Gossip Cop confirms.
As Gossip Cop has reported, Odom was found unconscious from a suspected drug overdose at a Nevada brothel in October. At a press conference after he was hospitalized, the Nye Country sheriff confirmed the former NBA star would potentially face drug charges. Local authorities obtained a search warrant to get a blood sample to be tested by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police lab.
Now nearly three months later, the Nye County District Attorney’s Office is declining to press formal charges and prosecute the case “based on the present evidence and surrounding circumstances.” In a statement, a spokesperson tells Gossip Cop that the testing showed Odom did indeed have “metabolized cocaine in his system while he was present in Nye County in October of 2015.” But, the statement goes on, “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.”
In other words, while Odom was under the influence of cocaine, prosecutors believe they would be unable to prove he actually possessed or used the substance while in Nye County, based on the level of the drug in his blood. It’s been reported Odom also took unidentified pills and sexual performance enhancers, and it may never be known what exactly triggered the medical crisis at that specific point in time.
The news that Odom, who suffered several strokes following his hospitalization, will not face any charges comes less than a week after he was released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The basketball player will now continue his recovery at a rehab center, where he’ll be working on his physical mobility, as well as his speech and memory issues. It still remains to be seen how extensive any brain damage may have been.