Nelly is facing a drug charge for felony possession, after Tennessee state troopers searched his tour bus on Saturday morning, Apr. 11, and found marijuana and traces of methamphetamine.
According to the Johnson City Press, the rapper, born Cornell Haynes Jr., was aboard a tour bus in Putnam County, on Saturday, with five other people when Tennessee Highway Patrol officers pulled over the vehicle around 9:20 a.m., for not properly displaying a U.S. Department of Transportation and International Fuel Tax Association sticker.
Troopers reported that they smelled marijuana in the bus, which give them grounds for a search. They eventually discovered a "small amount" of marijuana, a plastic bag with "five colored crystal-type rocks" that tested positive for methamphetamine and several handguns.
Nelly was taken into custody and charged with simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony possession of drugs, but his lawyer says that he was not associated with the contents troopers retrieved from the bus.
"Nelly was one of several individuals that was on a tour bus that was stopped and searched while traveling through Tennessee," his lawyer, Scott Rosenblum said in a statement, via CNN. "In fact, there had been 15-20 people that had access to the bus prior to the stop. Allegedly, a small quantity of contraband (MDMA aka Molly or Ecstasy) was discovered during the routine search."
"We are extremely confident that when the facts come out, Nelly will not be associated with the contraband that was allegedly discovered."
Nelly was released on $10,000 bond later on Saturday, along with another individual named Brian Jones, who was charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun.