Rapper Nelly arrested on felony drug charges in Tennessee

Sun Apr 12, 2015 12:44am EDT
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(Reuters) - Grammy-award winning rapper Nelly was arrested on felony drug charges on Saturday after a Tennessee state trooper stopped the vehicle he was traveling in and found illegal drugs, authorities said.

The rapper's motor coach was stopped on Saturday morning on Interstate 40 in Putnam County for not displaying legally required stickers, when a state trooper smelled marijuana from the vehicle, the Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security said.

A search turned up methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, as well as several handguns.

Nelly was charged with felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, the department said. One other man traveling in the coach was also arrested and charged.

In 2012 authorities discovered marijuana, heroin and a loaded gun on the rapper's tour bus at a Border Patrol checkpoint in West Texas. A member of the singer's entourage took responsibility for the items and was arrested. Others on the bus including Nelly were released.

Nelly, 40, whose real name is Cornell Haynes, has performed in several movies and was named by Billboard magazine in 2009 as one of the top artists of the decade.

(Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

Nelly arrives at the 2014 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California June 29, 2014.  REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian