Rapper Nelly (real name: Cornell Haynes) was arrested on felony drug charges in Tennessee on Saturday after highway patrol officers said they found drugs and three handguns on his tour bus, reports NBC News.
According to NBC:
A Highway Patrol trooper pulled over the bus at around 9:20 a.m. in Putnam County Saturday because a U.S. Department of Transportation International Fuel Tax Association sticker wasn’t displayed, the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security said in a statement.
The trooper said he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and the bus was searched, the department said. Troopers found five crystalline rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana and three handguns, the department said. The department said the drugs were found inside a plastic bag in the sleeping area of the bus.
Nelly, 40, is charged with felony possession of drugs and lesser charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, authorities said. Another man, Brian Jones, was arrested for allegedly having a handgun as a convicted felon, the department said.
Both Nelly and Jones posted $10,000 bail and were released by that evening.
The rapper’s attorney, Scott Rosenblum, said in a statement that up to 20 people had access to the bus before it was pulled over, and that he is “extremely confident that when the facts come out, Nelly will not be associated with the contraband that was allegedly discovered,” reports NBC.
SOURCE: NBC News