Baton Rouge, Louisiana rapper Webbie was arrested Monday night (April 4) in Tennessee just south of Nashville in Marshall County after highway patrol officers pulled over his rented 2010 Nissan Altima following a show in Kentucky the night before, discovering two ounces of marijuana and $13,240 in a cardboard box in his lap.
Police officials also say that Webbie, the front seat passenger, tossed marijuana out of the window. He was arrested on drug possession and evidence tampering charges but members of his entourage encountered legal issues of their own.
The driver of the rental, Derric Watson, was charged with driving with a suspended license and another passenger, Michael Abbot, was charged with carrying a loaded .357 revolver and was in possession of $916 in cash. A fourth passenger, Tyrone Terrio, was charged with marijuana possession. The 25-year old Webbie, born Webster Gradney, Jr., was held overnight on a $21,000 bond at Marshall County Jail along with the other passengers.
Webbie’s arrest comes at an untimely moment. Just a week ago, a concert in the notorious town of East Saint Louis, Missouri featuring Webbie, whose tracks were featured in the celebrated independent film "Hustle & Flow," erupted into an all-out brawl. Reports say that 40 police officers were called to the scene and that in the ensuing melee, one security guard was shot.
Webbie, a former Atlantic Records and Asylum/Warner signee, is currently signed to the independent Trill Entertainment label. This has not been a banner year for the label as crew member and troubled rapper Lil Boosie was charged late last year with first degree murder and other drug related charges.