Lakers PF Josh Powell Ex-Girlfriend Emily L. Peniche Arrested For Transporting Cocaine


I distinctly remember Miss Peniche because she contacted me back in 2009 wanting us to “expose” Josh Powell as a “deadbeat” dad.  She sent me a few pics, as well as the video you see above, basically pleading her case via YouTube.

Believe it or not I will not post “drama” just for the sake of drama, so I put on my detective hat and reached out to some people I could trust, and found out enough that I felt it best not to post the article.  Specifically, some of the things she claimed were untrue — she had missed several court appointments and even though she claimed to be broke I was able to verify if she wanted to get a lawyer she could have.

If anything, the information I received made it appear she was the “troubled” parent, not Powell.

Fast forward to now and it appears my suspicions were correct, as Miss Peniche has been arrested in a cocaine ring (what a great mother); here are the details:

The ex-girlfriend of a Los Angeles Lakers basketball player has been arrested on charges of transporting more than two pounds of cocaine through the region.

Emily L. Peniche made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court on Wednesday afternoon. A magistrate judge ordered her jailed pending a bond hearing Monday.

Peniche and Lakers forward Josh Powell, who met while Powell played with the cross-town Clippers, have been involved in a much publicized custody dispute over their daughter. Peniche posted a tearful 10-minute plea on YouTube last summer accusing Powell of refusing to return the girl, Patience, then 3.

Peniche was arrested Monday with co-defendant Samuel Q. Moses after Norfolk police received a tip that the two would be transporting a large amount of cocaine from New Jersey to Norfolk that day, according to a criminal affidavit filed in court by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement.

After Moses and Peniche crossed the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel about 1:30 p.m. that day, a Norfolk police investigator stopped their car.

A search revealed a kilo of cocaine, or more than 2.2 pounds, wrapped in a girdle and stuffed inside a duffel bag, the affidavit says.

A lot of people ran with Miss Peniche’s story back in 2009 without doing any research at all.  But here at BSO, we stay away from Terez Owens’ style of reporting and won’t push anyone’s agenda without giving both sides of the story, or at least verifying the information is correct.

I feel bad for their child, hopefully Powell is taking responsibility and Miss Peniche gets the real help she needs.


  1. Shit,,I don't play the blame game,you never know what ones situation is,she did what she had to do at that time.

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