Nelly Arrested for Meth and Marijuana Possession
Nelly was arrested on Saturday morning (April 11) after Tennessee police found handguns and drugs including marijuana and meth on the artist's tour bus.
While traveling in Putnam County, Tenn., police authorities stopped the rapper's bus at 9:20AM due to "failure to display a U.S. Department of Transportation and International Fuel Tax Association sticker," police said in a press release via People.
After cops reportedly smelled marijuana coming from the bus, they searched the vehicle and found "a plastic bag with five colored, crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine; a "small amount" of marijuana; approximately 100 small Ziploc bags and "numerous" handguns, including a gold-plated 50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol," People reported.
Nelly, born Cornell Haynes Jr., was then arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamines -- a felony -- as well as misdemeanor marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
After his arrest, Nelly's lawyer released a statement claiming that the rapper is innocent and "not associated with the contraband" that was found on the bus.
"Nelly was one of several individuals that was on a tour bus that was stopped and searched while traveling through Tennessee," his attorney Scott Rosenblum said in a satement.. "In fact, there had been 15-20 people that had access to the bus prior to the stop. Allegedly, a small quantity of contraband (MDMA aka Molly or Ecstasy) was discovered during the routine search."
Rosenblum also added, "We are extremely confident that when the facts come out, Nelly will not be associated with the contraband that was allegedly discovered."
Nelly was with five other people during the arrest, one of whom was Brian Jones, who is a convicted felon and had the handgun. Jones is being charged accordingly.
While both Nelly and Jones were booked at Putnam County Jail, they did make bail on Saturday and have since been released.