Flavor Flav Busted on Numerous Drug Charges In Latest Arrest

By McCarton Ackerman 05/26/15

The infamous rapper's grip on sobriety has been starting to slip.

Flavor Flav

Infamous rapper and reality star Flavor Flav posed for a mugshot last Thursday after Las Vegas police arrested him on a multitude of drug-related charges and other crimes.

Flav, whose real name is William Drayton, was initially pulled over by a highway patrolman after driving 73mph in a 45mph zone. He later failed field sobriety tests and the officer also found both marijuana and an open container in his vehicle. In addition to the DUI and possession charges, Flav was charged with speeding, bogus registration, and driving with a suspended license. Online jail records indicate that he has since been released after posting $7,000 bail.

It’s the latest in a long string of drug-related woes for the rapper. He checked into the Betty Ford Center for an addiction to crack cocaine in 1993 and underwent treatment again in 1997 at the Long Island Center for Recovery.

The rapper admitted during a June 2011 radio interview that the peak of his crack-cocaine addiction resulted in a $2,600-per-day habit, which lasted for six years. In other words, e spent nearly $5.7 million on his addiction.

“I don’t know how much that is but if you did the math, wow, I went through a lot of money,” he told Popeater. “If I did the math I’d probably be shocked on how much money I spent, I’d probably punch myself in the face.”

Flav eventually made the decision to get clean and maintained sobriety for several years, but appears to have fallen off the wagon more recently. During his January 2014 arrest for felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, police found a small amount of marijuana on him.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.