Rappers Paul WallBaby Bash avoided indictment on felony drug charges on Tuesday.


A grand jury in Houston declined to indict the rappers (aka Paul Michael Slayton and Ronald Bryant, respectively). They were arrested in December alongside eight others for engaging in organized criminal activity and for possessing a controlled substance with intent to deliver. The jury handed out indictments to five of the group of ten people.

The rappers were at the site to promote a toy drive by charity Parents Against Predators, as Wall is on the board. “It happened to be at a smoke shop, which is legal by the way,” said Wall’s attorney Jolanda Jones. “And for whatever reason the police came in thinking things about people, and I think they rushed to judgement… It was a tremendous overcharged,” she continued. “If you look at the videos, there was no criminal activity.”

Authorities alleged that the rappers were found with a form of THC, a component of marijuana. Possession of THC in any amount is considered a felony in Texas. “I’m ready to hop on the next flight to Denver right now,” Wall said after the jury’s decision. “I go places where it’s legal, and it’s legal in 25 states – so I do smoke where it’s legal.”

“I was facing life in jail for something so minor, and there’s people who are going through the same thing, fighting these same battles day in and day out,” Wall said. “Don’t be so quick to turn your back on people who are fighting things. You need to be there for them.”

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