Nelly was arrested on felony drug charges on Saturday after a Tennessee state trooper stopped the vehicle he was traveling in and found illegal drugs
New York – Rapper and reality TV star Nelly is facing felony drug charges after being arrested in Tennessee on Saturday.
Tennessee Highway Patrol said in a news release that Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes, was pulled over about 9:20 a.m. because the bus he was riding in failed to display a U.S. Department of Transportation and International Fuel Tax Association sticker.
According to the release troopers smelled marijuana when they reached the bus.
Tennessee State Troopers report reads:
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.
When troopers searched the bus, they found five rocks that tested positive for meth, as well as a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Troopers also say they found numerous handguns.
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 St. Louis native is facing charges including felony possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
In 2012 authorities discovered marijuana, heroin and a loaded gun on the rapper’s tour bus at a Border Patrol checkpoint in West Texas. A member of the singer’s entourage took responsibility for the items and was arrested. Others on the bus including Nelly were released.
Nelly, 40, was released from Putnam County Jail on a $10,000 bond. His next court date is June 19.