Rapper Nelly was detained by Texas law enforcement on Wednesday (Oct. 11) while police searched his tour bus, where they found 36 small bags of heroin and more than 10 pounds of marijuana. They also found a loaded .45 caliber pistol, reports TMZ.
The bus was stopped in Sierra Blanca at a border patrol checkpoint when a police canine detected drugs. Six additional people riding on Nelly’s bus at the time were also detained during the search. One of the passengers, Brian Keith Jones, admitted that the heroin, marijuana and gun were his and was arrested.
Nelly and the other five passengers were released. Fun fact: Willie Nelson, Armie Hammer, Snoop Dogg and Fiona Apple were all busted for drugs at this exact same checkpoint! Maybe find a different route … or don’t do drugs.
UPDATE: Nelly tells TMZ, “It is my understanding a member of my staff made an unfortunate decision to bring unlawful materials onto our tour bus that resulted in his arrest this morning. … Neither I nor anyone else on the tour bus was aware of his decision to bring these on board. Law enforcement officials did not press charges against anyone other than that individual.”
TMZ also reports that despite law enforcement sources reporting that field tests on the baggies confirmed that the drug was heroin, sources close to Nelly claim it was pure ecstasy.