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Attorney: Ex-NBA player Jose Ortiz to plead guilty

Associated Press Modified: October 27, 2011 at 6:16 pm •  Published: October 27, 2011
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The attorney for former NBA player Jose Ortiz says his client will plead guilty to drug charges in Puerto Rico following an agreement with federal prosecutors.

Hector Guzman Jr. filed a motion Thursday requesting a hearing so Ortiz can enter a new plea.

Ortiz was arrested in June after federal agents seized 218 marijuana plants at his house along with 40 rounds of ammunition. He was accused of possession with intent to distribute the plants.

Ortiz later agreed to enter a drug rehabilitation program.

He played at Oregon State before spending two seasons with the Utah Jazz, the last in 1990. He also played in Spain and Greece and was on the Puerto Rican national team for more than 20 years, appearing in four Olympics.