Rapper Nelly Was Arrested in Tennessee for Possession of Guns and Drugs

By May Wilkerson 04/13/15

The 40-year-old rap star was caught with meth, weed, and numerous handguns.


Hip hop star Nelly was arrested over the weekend for illegal possession of drugs and firearms, multiple news sources confirmed. The 40-year-old rapper, born Cornell Haynes Jr., was traveling in Tennessee with five other people when their vehicle was pulled over on Saturday morning for failure to display a U.S. Dept of Transportation sticker.

According to a press release, state troopers smelled marijuana and searched the vehicle. They found crystal meth, a “small amount” of marijuana, small ziplock baggies, and “numerous” handguns. Nelly was charged with felony possession of drugs, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. His attorney, Scott Rosenblum, insists that the rapper was “not associated” with the contraband in the vehicle.

"In fact, there had been 15-20 people that had access to the bus prior to the stop,” said Rosenblum in a statement. "We are extremely confident that when the facts come out, Nelly will not be associated with the contraband that was allegedly discovered."

Nelly, along with one of the other passengers, a convicted felon, was booked into the Putnam County Jail on Saturday. According to officials, they both made bond and have been released.

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