Hip-hop artist and Rapper Nelly arrested in Tennessee on drug charges

April 12, 2015 2:38 pm

Oh no! Rapper Nelly was arrested yesterday morning April 11th on felony
drug charges in Tennessee after a state trooper stopped his tour bus for
not having the correct ID stickers. The troopers noticed the smell of
marijuana when they stopped the bus and then proceeded to search it. The
search uncovered marijuana, meth, as well as multiple handguns. Nelly and one of the other five people in the bus were immediately arrested. 

See the official statement about the arrest from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security after the cut…

A Tennessee state trooper arrested
internationally known hip-hop artist “Nelly” on felony drug charges in
Putnam County on Saturday morning. Nelly, whose real name is Cornell
Haynes, was charged with felony possession of drugs, simple possession
of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
At approximately 9:20 a.m. on Saturday,
Trooper Michael Loftis stopped a Prevost motor coach bus on Interstate
40 near the 275 mile marker for failure to display a U.S. Department of
Transportation (DOT) and International Fuel Tax Association (IFTA)
sticker on the vehicle. The investigating trooper planned to conduct an
inspection on the bus when he noticed an odor of marijuana emitting from
the vehicle.
Trooper Loftis, assisted by THP Sgt.
Donald Jennings, then conducted a probable cause search of the bus. The
troopers discovered in the sleeper area a plastic bag that contained
five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for
methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana and other drug
paraphernalia.
Further investigation revealed
approximately 100 small Ziploc bags that are commonly associated with
the sale of narcotics and numerous handguns, including a gold-plated
50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a 45-caliber Tarus pistol, and a 500
magnum Smith and Wesson.
The
bus was occupied by six subjects, one of whom was identified as Brian
Jones, 44, of St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Jones, a convicted felon, was
also in possession of a handgun and was charged accordingly. Nelly, 40,
also of St. Louis, Missouri and Jones, who were traveling to St. Louis
when the traffic stop occurred, were transported to the Putnam County
Jail.
The weapons and drugs were seized in accordance with state law.
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