Nelly Arrested on Drug Charges in Tennessee

Nelly, 2002.
Jonathan Mannion

Nelly photographed in 2002.

Nelly has reportedly been arrested on felony drug possession charges while in Tennessee.

The rapper's bus was pulled over by a trooper on Saturday morning (April 11) for not having two required stickers, the Johnson City Press reports. From there Nelly was charged with felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges came up after the officer smelled marijiuana coming from the bus.

After a search was conducted, they found five rocks that tested positive for meth, a small amount of marijiuana as well as drug paraphernalia. Several handguns were also found in the bus. Another man, Brian Jones, was charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun.

The 40-year-old rapper (real name Cornell Haynes) was later taken to Putnam County Jail.

Reps for the rapper as well as the Putnam County Sheriff's Department had not returned Billboard's requests for comment at press time.

Nelly attorney Scott Rosenblum released the following statement on April 11:

"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."