Nelly, the Louisville rapper, was arrested on felony drug charges on Sunday in Tennessee while traveling on his tour bus.

Nelly Arrested

Authorities found traces of meth, marijuana and handguns in Nelly’s tour bus after the vehicle was pulled over for “failure to display a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and International Fuel Tax Association (IFTA) sticker on the vehicle,” according to the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOS). The state trooper that pulled the vehicle over reportedly smelled marijuana and subsequently, “conducted a probable cause search.”

“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,” police said.

As a result of the search and the contents found within the bus, both Nelly and fellow passenger Brian Jones were detained at Putnam County Jail Sunday and released later that day on $10,000 ball, reported NBC News.


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In a statement to the news organization, Nelly’s lawyer Scott Rosenblum said, “We are extremely confident that when the facts come out, Nelly will not be associated with the contraband that was allegedly discovered.”

In addition to Nelly and Jones, there were four others on the tour bus. According to the “Hot in Herre” rapper’s attorney, more than a dozen others had access to the bus prior to the stop and search by the police.

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