Hawks’ Mike Scott takes in Quicken Loans Arena during team shoot around in preparation for Game 4 against the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Cleveland. Curtis Compton / ccompton@ajc.com
Photo: Curtis Compton
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Atlanta Hawks’ Mike Scott faces up to 25 years on drug charges

Mike Scott faces up to 25 years in prison on two felony drug charges stemming from his arrest last month.

An initial court date in the case could take several months to be placed on the calendar as the drugs have been sent to an independent lab for processing, according to the Banks County assistant district attorney. That would mean an initial court appearance would come during the upcoming NBA season.

Scott was arrested, along with his younger brother, on July 30 after a traffic stop along Interstate 85 in Homer. In the vehicle, police found 35.2 grams of marijuana and 10.9 grams of Schedule I drug MDMA, known as Molly. The charge on the MDMA carries a sentence of up to 15 years. The charge on the marijuana carries a sentence of up to 10 years, according to Georgia statutes.

Banks County waits for lab tests on drugs to be returned before setting a court date, Assistant District Attorney Sam Skelton told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The process can take up to several months.

Scott told police following his arrest that all the drugs in the vehicle belonged to him and the Hawks forward took responsibility for them. He was released on a bond of $8,100 following his arrest and videotaped interview conducted after his Miranda warning.

The Hawks issued a statement following the arrest stating the team was aware of Scott’s arrest and that they would have no further comment out of respect for the legal process. Scott could face disciplinary action from the Hawks and the NBA. The league does not have to wait until the legal process is concluded, pending its own investigation, to hand down disciplinary measures.

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