Rapper Nelly Arrested on Felony Drug Charges in Tennessee

by Jackie Willis 4:11 AM PDT, April 13, 2015
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"Hot In Herre" rapper Nelly is in some hot water.

The 40-year-old artist, whose legal name is Cornell Haynes, was arrested Saturday and charged with felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Nelly's attorney Scott Rosenblum also confirmed to ET that a small amount of MDMA, also known as the drug ecstasy or Molly, was retrieved.

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During the course of the vehicle search, authorities told ABC News they found "crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine" in addition to marijuana and several handguns. Six people were arrested off the bus, including Nelly and 44-year-old Brian Jones, who was allegedly in possession of a handgun.

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"Nelly was one of several individuals that was on a tour bus that was stopped and searched while traveling through Tennessee," Rosenblum said 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."

The rapper was released on a $10,000 bail and is expected back in court on June 19. 

Nelly was slated to join New Kids on the Block and TLC for The Main Event summer tour kicking off on May 1.

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