Glazed-eyed rapper Snoop Dogg might want to avoid Cleveland when he's drawing up tour itineraries he'll wind up in the slammer next time he's caught there holding a bag.
On Tuesday, Snoop, a.k.a. Calvin Broadus, pleaded no contest in Ohio's Oberlin Municipal Court to possession of marijuana, a fourth degree misdemeanor, and was fined $250 plus court costs, which totaled $398.30. The crime normally carries a 30-day stay in Lorain County Jail. However, the court suspended the sentence provided Snoop stays out of trouble for the next two years. He will do time if he's caught with weed in the vicinity again, a court spokesperson said.
The rapper was busted last October when two of his tour buses were pulled over by the Ohio State Patrol for speeding near Cleveland. Officers who boarded the bus smelled marijuana, and a search revealed 200 grams of the drug (see "Snoop Dogg Busted For Marijuana Possession").
Perhaps suffering from short-term memory loss, Snoop pleaded not guilty two weeks after he was pulled over. On Tuesday, a representative for the rapper reversed his plea. Snoop's presence wasn't required at either hearing.
Snoop Dogg will play Phoenix on June 4. He has scheduled eight additional shows, mostly in the South, ending in Las Vegas on June 20.