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Hip-Hop artist Nelly arrested for possession of drugs while traveling to St. Louis

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(KMOV.com) -- Hip-Hop artist Nelly was arrested by a Tennessee state trooper and was charged with felony possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to a press released, around 9:20 a.m., Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes, was riding in a Prevost motor coach bus when it was stopped by a trooper. Police say the bus failed to display a U.S Department of Transportation sticker and an International Fuel Tax Association sticker. The trooper said he smelled marijuana emitting from the bus and conducted an investigation. He was assisted by another law enforcement official.

Upon further inspection, the two troopers discovered a plastic bag that contained five colored crystals-type rocks which tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana. Further investigation revealed about 100 small Ziploc bags, commonly associated with the sale of narcotics as well as numerous handguns. Police found a gold-plated .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a .45-caliber Tarus pistol, and a 500 magnum Smith and Wesson.

Police say six people were on the bus, one who was identified as Brian Jones, 44, of St. Louis. Jones is a convicted felon and was in possession of a handgun and was charged. Both Jones and Nelly were transported to the Putnam County Jail.

The guns and drugs were seized by police. Nelly's bus was traveling to St. Louis.

According to an article by the Associated Press, an attorney for Nelly says he will be exonerated of felony drug charges once the facts are out.

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