Rapper/Reality Star Nelly is our latest addition to the mugshot mania gallery.
But this time, instead of heroin on the bus, it was weed. *sigh*
After noticing the aroma of marijuana, Tennessee state troopers searched the bus and reportedly found a small stash of marijuana and 100 small baggies that they claim are indicative of drug sales. Authorities also found a slew of guns.
The 40-year-old St. Louis rapper, who shot to fame 15 years ago with the track “Country Grammar” and currently stars on a new BET reality show called ‘Welcome to Nellyville,’ was arrested and charged with felony drug possession, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
More details about Nelly’s arrest below…
According to WSMV (Nashville), the 40 year old rapper was arrested on drug charges in Nashville, Tennessee after a state trooper pulled over the private bus in which he was traveling, authorities said.
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, state troopers stopped Nelly’s tour bus on Interstate 40 near the 275 mile marker for failure to display a U.S. Department of Transportation and International Fuel Tax Association sticker on the vehicle. The trooper planned to conduct an inspection on the bus when he noticed an odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle.
After searching the bus, 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, plastic 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 Smith and Wesson Magnum.
The bus was occupied by six subjects, one of whom was identified as Brian Jones, 44, of St. Louis, MO. Jones, a convicted felon, was also in possession of a handgun and was charged accordingly.
Nelly, 40, also of St. Louis, 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 .
[Sidebar: Jones is the same guy who took the fall for that last tour bus stop back in 2012 (click HERE if you missed that)
Nelly has since posted bond and left the jail, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office said…