Hip-hop artist Nelly was arrested Saturday morning on felony drug charges.
Tennessee state troopers say they pulled over a Prevost motor coach on I-40 between Nashville and Knoxville around 9:20 Saturday morning because it didn’t have the correct stickers displayed.
A trooper inspected the bus after saying they smelled marijuana.
Inside the bus, troopers found five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine and a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
They also found several handguns, including a gold-plated 50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a 45-caliber Tarus pistol and a 500 magnum Smith and Wesson.
Six people were inside the bus, including St. Louis native Cornell Haynes, a.k.a. Nelly.
Nelly has been charged with felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is out on bond.
Nelly was traveling to St Louis after performing a one hour set at the Azalea Festival in Wilmington, North Carolina, which ended approximately at 10.30pm.
The rapper is scheduled to go on the road with New Kids On The Block and TLC for The Main Event Tour starting May 1 in Las Vegas.
Nelly’s attorney Scott Rosenblum said,
“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. “
In October 2012, the rapper had a similar incident at a Texas border patrol checkpoint after .64 ounces of heroin, a loaded .45-caliber pistol and 10 pounds of marijuana were found aboard Nelly’s bus.
The rapper was not charged in the Texas incident as Brian Jones –the same man arrested along with Nelly in Saturday’s Tennessee bust – admitted to police that the drugs and gun belonged to him.