Rapper Nelly Arrested for Drug Possession in Tennessee

Reality show star and rapper Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes, was arrested in Tennessee on Saturday under suspicion of possessing illegal drugs. His tour bus was pulled over by two troopers because the vehicle did not display a US Department of Transportation and International Fuel Tax Association sticker.

When a trooper approached the bus, he smelled marijuana from inside. He and his colleague then searched the vehicle and found marijuana and methamphetamine, also known as MDMA or “Molly”. The inspection also found that there were a hundred small Ziploc bags usually used for drug distribution.

The troopers also found three pistols - gold-plated .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a .45-caliber Taurus pistol and a .500 Smith & Wesson magnum. Nelly was taken to the Putnam County Jail along with another one of five passengers that were with him. He subsequently posted bond and got out of jail.

The rapper, who is now 40, became world-known for his song “Country Grammar” 15 years ago. His lawyer Scott Rusenblum said that he was “extremely confident that when the facts come out, Nelly will not be associated with the contraband that was allegedly discovered.” He said that prior to Nelly's ride on the bus, between 15 and 20 people had access to the vehicle.