It's been less than 72 hours since Marion "Suge" Knight was stopped by police in Barstow, California, for making an illegal U-turn in his black Ford pickup. In that time, things have gone from bad to worse for Tha Row CEO.
Knight was pulled over at 7:36 p.m. on Saturday on the southbound on-ramp on Interstate 15, according to the Barstow Police Department. When it was discovered that Knight was on parole, he gave Barstow police officer Robert Retamoza permission to search his vehicle for any weapons or drugs. Upon searching the vehicle, Retamoza discovered "a small quantity of suspected marijuana," which was a violation of Knight's parole (see "Suge Knight Arrested After Police Find Marijuana In Truck").
The California Department of Corrections was notified, and a parole agent with the CDOC directed the Barstow Police Department to take Knight into custody for parole violation. He was booked at the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Jail in Barstow. According to Barstow's public information officer, Knight's stay in the jail was a short one, as he was quickly moved to the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.
By late afternoon Monday, he had been transferred once again, this time to the California Institution for Men, a state prison, in the city of Chino.
"He just arrived, and I have no clue how long he'll be here," the prison's Sergeant Arioma Sams said. "How long he's going to remain here would be up to his parole agent, and then ultimately up to the Board of Prison Terms."
While at the California Institution for Men, Knight's case will be reviewed by his parole agent, and if that agent finds that Knight did in fact violate his parole, the case will go before California's Board of Prison Terms to determine how long he will remain behind bars. But even if it's determined that Knight did not violate his parole, his case would still be heard before the board, since he is listed as a "mandatory referral" because of the violent nature of his initial arrest (see "Suge Knight Talks About Freedom, Tha Row And Who Killed Tupac").
When asked whether or not Knight will be released in time to attend this weekend's Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Sams answered, "I have no idea."
Calls to Knight's lawyer, David Kenner, were not returned by press time, nor were calls to Tha Row.