Twista Faces Misdemeanor Marijuana Charge

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A performance by Chicago rapper Twista at a concert venue in northwest Indiana was canceled after he was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession.

Porter County Police Chief Deputy Jeff Biggs says Twista, whose real name is Carl Mitchell, was arrested about 10:40 p.m. Thursday night in South Haven after the Rolls Royce he was riding in was stopped for following an SUV too closely.

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Biggs said officers smelled marijuana and the driver admitted the group had smoked the drug. Biggs says the officers found a half-ounce of marijuana concealed in a fake can.

Biggs says Mitchell, 42, was released on $500 cash bond.

Twista issued a statement saying police should focus on more serious crimes, comparing being arrested for marijuana to being arrested for jaywalking.