Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui Cited For Marijuana Possession

By Dorri Olds 12/16/16

TSA officers found a bag of marijuana in her carry-on luggage.

Lauren Jauregui

This week, Fifth Harmony singer Lauren Jauregui (pronounced her-ah-gee) was issued a citation for possession of marijuana at the Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia, according to People. TMZ had initially misreported that the popular 20-year-old Cuban-American singer had been detained and arrested for marijuana possession.  

Jauregui was stopped at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint on her way to Brazil from Virginia. The TSA officers found a bag of marijuana in her carry-on luggage.

In a statement provided to People, Jauregui's lawyer, Dina LaPolt, denied previous reports that the singer was arrested: “Lauren Jauregui was not arrested and detained as reported, but simply given a citation for possession of marijuana and released on her own recognizance. She will address the matter appropriately through the legal system. This will not interfere with any future scheduled performances or activities.”

This is the second time in recent news that a celebrity was cited for pot. Last month, the youngest Jonas brother, Frankie, was caught with marijuana outside a convenience store but was not arrested. He, too, was only served a citation.

Fifth Harmony was formed during the second season of X Factor USA in July 2012 with help from judges Simon Cowell and Demi Lovato. The other four members of the American girl group are Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Dinah Jane and Normani Kordei. The band’s debut single, “Miss Movin’ On,” went gold. Its accompanying music video won the 2014 MTV Video Music Award for Artist to Watch. 

Their 2016 album, 7/27, boasted the group’s first top 10 single in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100, and was the first top 5 by a girl group in more than 10 years. 

This is not the first time that Jauregui has made headlines. Last month, photos of the singer kissing another woman in what looked like more than just a friendly peck on the lips went viral and rumors about her sexual preferences went wild. Then, last month, Billboard published an open letter by Jauragui to voters of Donald Trump, where the singer addressed her sexuality. 

In it she wrote, “I am a bisexual Cuban-American woman and I am so proud of it. I am proud to be part of a community that only projects love and education and the support of one another.” And she slammed “every single Trump supporter” who said that “voting for Trump does not mean that you are racist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic...”

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Dorri Olds is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Woman’s Day and several book anthologies. Find Dorri on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.