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Former UC player sentenced on drug, gun charges

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Posted at 8:13 PM, Dec 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-16 20:16:35-05

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- A former University of Cincinnati and NBA player is heading to prison after being convicted of federal drug and gun charges.

A judge sentenced Arthur "Art" Long on Tuesday to nearly seven years behind bars. The 43-year-old was convicted of operating his home as a hub for dealing marijuana and ecstasy. Prosecutors said he also had two firearms.

Long was a star player at East High School in Rochester, New York, and played at the University of Cincinnati in the mid-1990s. He was once charged with punching a police horse on Short Vine while he was at UC, in 1995.

Long was arrested in 2013 after police searched his vehicle and his home in the Rochester suburb of Chili.

Investigators found ecstasy, marijuana, an AK-47 and a stolen .45-caliber handgun, along with drug-packaging materials.

Long played for the NBA's Sacramento Kings, Seattle SuperSonics, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors between 2000 and 2003.