Nelly was arrested on Saturday morning in Putnam County, Tennessee, and charged with felony possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia, CBS News reports. The rapper – whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr. – was released on $10,000 bail.
Nelly’s tour bus was pulled over around 9:20 a.m. on Saturday because the Tennessee Highway Patrol noticed his bus didn’t have a U.S. Department of Transportation and International Fuel Tax Association sticker. However, the troopers that pulled them over said they smelled marijuana and searched the bus.
Troopers said they found five rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, “a small amount of marijuana” and a few guns, according to WSMV-TV. The guns reportedly included a .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a .45-caliber Tarus pistol and a 500 Smith and Wesson Magnum. Officials also noted they found 100 small plastic bags that are commonly used to sell drugs.
Nelly, 40, was not the only one arrested. Brian Jones, 44, a convicted felon, was also arrested for allegedly having a handgun. Both posted bail and were released from Putnam County Jail by 5:45 p.m. that day, NBC News reports.
Fans might get an inside look at this situation when the Grammy award winner’s reality show “Nellyville” airs on BET. Season 2 starts May 5, but officials didn’t say if cameras captured the arrest.
This isn’t the first time drugs have been found on the “Nellyville” star’s tour bus. In October 2012, authorities in Texas found 10 pounds of marijuana, 36 bags of heroin and a loaded gun on the rapper’s bus, according to the Huffington Post. One of the tour members, named in the story as Brian Keith Jones, said all the illegal materials belonged to him, and he was the only one charged. It isn’t clear if this is the same Brian Jones that was arrested yesterday.
It also isn’t known if this incident will affect the “Hot in Herre” rapper’s summer tour. Nelly is set to go on the road with TLC and New Kids on the Block starting May 1 for "The Main Event" tour. His court date is set for June 19, the same day that he is scheduled to play a show in Philadelphia.