Two men traveling in a car owned by Philadelphia 76ers star Allen Iverson were arrested after driving away from an alleged drug deal, police said.
Iverson was not present, was not charged and was not implicated. He had given the two longtime acquaintances permission to use his new Mercedes Benz coupe, Norfolk police spokesman Larry Hill said Monday.Andre Steele, 27, and Michael Powell, 29, were stopped Friday afternoon after police received complaints about drug dealing in a city neighborhood. Powell was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, a felony. Steele was charged with possession of marijuana.
Under Virginia law, cars used in drug activity may be confiscated permanently. Hill said police have filed papers to take possession of the car.
Iverson could not be reached for comment.
Iverson has known both Steele and Powell for several years. In September 1996, Powell was in Iverson's old Mercedes when shots were fired at the car, according to a Hampton police report. Powell was convicted of cocaine possession in 1990 and received a suspended sentence.
Steele has accompanied Iverson often at public appearances, including court hearings.
Powell was released on $5,000 bond. Steele and Nathaniel Motley, who allegedly passed drugs from a BMW to the Mercedes, were released on their own recognizance.