Nelly was arrested on felony drug charges in Tennessee on Saturday (April 11) after authorities said they found drugs, including meth and marijuana, and handguns in the bus he was riding in.
The 40-year-old rapper, known for hit tracks such as “E.I.,” “Shake Ya Tailfeather” and “Hot in Herre,” and another passenger, Brian Jones, were detained at Putnam County Jail and released later that day after posting 10,000 bail, Hype Life Magazine has learned.
A state trooper pulled over the St. Louis rapper’s tour bus Saturday morning because it wasn’t displaying the U.S. Department of Transportation and International Fuel Tax Association stickers.
The officer “noticed an odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle” and decided to conduct a search.
Cops found a baggie with “five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia” in the sleeper area of the bus. The search also turned up several handguns including a .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a .45-caliber Taurus pistol, and a .500 Smith & Wesson magnum.
Nelly’s lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, told CNN that the drugs found weren’t his and that 15-20 people had access to the bus prior to the stop.
Rosenblum added that he is “extremely confident that when the facts come out, Nelly will not be associated with the contraband that was allegedly discovered.”
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOS) said in a statement that the rapper, whose real name is Cornell Haynes, was charged with felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Jones is accused of possessing a handgun as a convicted felon. He has not commented.
Six people in total were on the bus at the time of the arrests, according to the police.
In 2012, at a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas, police had also stopped a bus carrying Nelly and several other people on suspicion of possessing 36 Ziploc bags of heroin, as well as pot and a loaded .45 caliber pistol. The rapper was not arrested.