"Honey Boo Boo" Star Mama June Hit With Felony Drug Possession Charges

By Paul Gaita 09/18/19

The reality star and her beau were arrested last March following a domestic incident at a gas station in Alabama.

Honey Boo Boo and Mama June
Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson and sister Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon ID 142005258 © Vonora | Dreamstime.com

A grand jury in Alabama has charged reality television star "Mama" June Shannon with possession of a controlled substance stemming from a March 2019 arrest with her boyfriend, Gene Doak.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a review of evidence by the grand jury of Macon County, levied felony charges against Shannon and Doak for possession of cocaine, as well as a misdemeanor charge of possession for a pipe found by police during a search of their vehicle at a gas station during the aforementioned arrest.

A conviction on the former charge could carry prison sentences for both Shannon and Doak.

Arrested At The Gas Station

Shannon and Doak were arrested on March 13, 2019 after police were summoned by a report of a domestic incident involving the pair at a gas station in Alabama.

Upon arrival, a search of the vehicle and the couple themselves turned up a hypodermic needle, a pill bottle containing a white controlled substance, and a glass pipe containing white residue, which Shannon reportedly told police was crack cocaine. Shannon also claimed at the time of the arrest that everything in the car belonged to her.

Both Shannon and Doak had bail set for $11,000, and were ordered to appear in court. A spokesperson for the Macon County District Attorney's Office said that the couple was slated to appear at an arraignment on Friday, September 13, but both failed to appear before the judge. A second court date was not confirmed.

A statement issued by her WE tv reality series, Mama June: From Not to Hot, said that June had remained in Alabama after the arrest, and was prevented from leaving the state until after the hearing.

Family Intervention

As shown on the series' 2019 season finale, Shannon briefly entered an in-treatment patient facility in North Carolina after her family—including daughters Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson and Lauryn "Pumpkin" Shannon—staged an intervention in regard to her alleged drug use. But after 12 hours at the facility, she left with Doak and was arrested at the aforementioned gas station two days later.

Possession of cocaine in the state of Alabama is a Class C felony, which can carry a sentence of between one and 10 years in prison and a monetary fine of up to $15,000 if the amount of cocaine in question is less than 28 grams.

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, Amazon.com and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites.