In the sunny resort town of Montego Bay, Jamaica, where the smell of marijuana fills the air and peddlers line the beaches, authorities take swearing very seriously.
Rappers Snoop Dogg and Ja Rule and reggae star Beenie Man learned that lesson Thursday when they were charged with using indecent language at a music festival earlier this month, according to the Associated Press.
Summonses will be served to the performers' agents in Jamaica asking the stars to appear in magistrate's court on September 27 to face the charges, Montego Bay police said in a statement. The probable sentence is a fine, according to The Jamaica Observer.
Snoop, Ja and Beenie were performing at the eighth annual Red Stripe Reggae Sumfest, which attracted more than 50,000 people from July 31 to August 5 and also featured shows by Alicia Keys, Shaggy and Blu Cantrell.
This year's festival was plagued with problems, including riots on opening night that left several people injured. Before the event, organizers banned one performer, Lady Saw, because they feared her lewdness. Although they changed their minds and lifted the ban, Lady Saw decided not to perform, according to The Jamaica Observer.
Spokespeople for Snoop Dogg, Ja Rule and Beenie Man could not be reached for comment Friday morning.