Rapper and reality TV star Nelly is facing felony drug charges after being arrested in Tennessee on Saturday. Tennessee Highway Patrol said in a news release that Nelly (the rapper whom we all know from our middle school days back in 2001) whose real name is Cornell Haynes, was pulled over about 9:20 a.m. because the bus he was riding in failed to display a U.S. Department of Transportation and International Fuel Tax Association sticker.
He is obviously not feeling like he’s number one right now.
According to the release troopers smelled marijuana when they reached the bus.
Nelly Arrested in Tennessee On Drug Charges
When troopers searched the bus, they found five rocks that tested positive for meth, as well as a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Troopers also say they found numerous handguns. The St. Louis native is facing charges including felony possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Nelly, 40, was released from Putnam County Jail on a $10,000 bond. His next court date is June 19.
In a statement released through the singers’ public relations firm, ItGirl, Nelly’s attorney Scott Rosenblum said:
“Nelly was one of several individuals that was on a tour bus that was stopped and searched while traveling through Tennessee. In fact, there had been 15-20 people that had access to the bus prior to the stop. Allegedly, a small quantity of contraband (MDMA aka Molly or Ecstasy) was discovered during the routine search. We are extremely confident that when the facts come out, Nelly will not be associated with the contraband that was allegedly discovered.”