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Drugs and gun found on rapper Nelly's bus at Texas checkpoint

  • Authorities have found marijuana, heroin and a loaded gun on rapper Nelly's tour bus during a routine stop at a Border Patrol checkpoint in West Texas.

    "The agent requested all seven occupants out of the bus and conducted an inspection of the vehicle," spokesman Rusty Fleming said. "A search produced a small plastic container containing marijuana, 36 small bags containing heroin, and a loaded .45 pistol."

    A member of the Grammy-winning artist’s entourage claimed responsibility for the items and was arrested after the search on Wednesday evening.

    "It is my understanding a member of my staff made an unfortunate decision to bring unlawful materials onto our tour bus that resulted in his arrest," Nelly said in a statement. "Neither I nor anyone else on the tour bus was aware of his decision to bring these on board."

    The incident took place at the same checkpoint where singers Willie Nelson and Fiona Apple, rapper Snoop Dogg and actor Armand Hammer have been stopped for possession of controlled substances.

    Nelly, 37, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes, was born in Austin, Texas. He was named by Billboard magazine as one of the top artists of the decade in 2009.