Nelly found himself on the wrong side of the law on Saturday morning when police pulled over his tour bus outside Nashville and, after a search of the vehicle, arrested the rapper and several associates, slapping them with federal drug charges.
In a news release, reports WRCB TV, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said that the tour bus in which Nelly (real name: Cornell Haynes) was riding was pulled over at approximately 9:20 a.m. when officers noticed the bus was not displaying the required U.S. Department of Transportation and International Fuel Tax Association sticker.
After pulling over the bus, officers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol reportedly detected the unmistakable smell of marijuana emanating from the vehicle, and commenced to conduct a search. In addition to weed, the officers found meth and handguns — whoops!
“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,”; says the news release. “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.”;
Nelly was arrested and charged with felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released the same day after posting a $10,000 bond.
Nelly’s attorney, Scott Rosenblum, claims anything illegal on the bus has nothing to do with Nelly, and has released the following statement: “Nelly was one of several individuals that was on a tour bus that was stopped and searched while traveling through Tennessee. 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. We are extremely confident that when the facts come out, Nelly will not be associated with the contraband that was allegedly discovered. “