An improper lane change landed Cash Money Records co-founder Bryan “Baby” Williams, also known as Birdman, in jail Tuesday night.
According to a copy of the report from the police department of Kingsport, Tennessee, Williams was among 16 people charged with possession of marijuana after the RV they were riding in was pulled over at 4:17 p.m. on Tuesday by police officers who observed it weaving on Interstate 81. “The patrol officer observed the same RV make a lane change and while doing so, it almost struck a semi-truck that was also traveling northbound and was beside the RV,” the report reads. “The semi-truck had to abruptly brake and swerve into the emergency lane to avoid a collision with the RV.”
An officer pulled the RV over and while talking to the unnamed driver on the side of the road, “he could smell an odor consistent with both burnt and raw marijuana emitting from the driver’s person (clothing) and from within the passenger compartment of the RV.” Everyone onboard was asked to exit the RV while it was searched, and officers said they found a plastic bag of “plant material” believed to be about 1 pound of marijuana.
In addition, as one of the unnamed occupants of the RV stepped off, they were found to be in possession of a handgun. The search also turned up a second gun.
Along with Williams, 38, his brother, Ronald “Slim” Williams, 43, was charged with possession of more than a half-ounce of marijuana, as were 14 others, including road manager Shahid Muhammad, 40; Cash Money Records promoter Casey Collins, 42; music promoter Ovide Antoine, 32; and an 18-year-old female.
At press time, it was unclear if all 16 remained in jail, as a spokesperson for the Sullivan County jail had not returned calls for comment. According to Kingsport Police Department Officer Thomas Wayt, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is assisting in the investigation into the legal status of the assault rifle, handgun and magazine for a .45-caliber handgun that were found on the RV; at press time, no weapons charges had been filed. A spokesperson for Williams’ label could not be reached for comment at press time.
Baby is the founder, CEO and a recording artist on the Cash Money label. He is frequently referred to as Lil Wayne’s father, but he is more of a surrogate father, having taken the young rapper under his wing (and signing him to his label) when Wayne was 12.