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Snoop arrested, fined for drug possession

Rapper Snoop Dogg was arrested earlier this month near El Paso, Texas, after Border Patrol agents discovered marijuana in his tour bus. The entertainer has also previously faced weapons possession charges, as well as those related to his drug use. He has also faced charges of cocaine possession.

Reports indicate that Snoop's tour bus was searched at the border using standard procedure, including drug-sniffing dogs. The bus smelled of marijuana, according to officials, and one of the dogs indicated that a waste bin in the vehicle likely contained drugs. A small prescription bottle was discovered with several marijuana cigarettes, along with a small amount of marijuana in the bin itself. The entertainer freely admitted that the drugs belonged to him before he was arrested by representatives from the sheriff's office, according to officials.

Interestingly, the entertainer-who has been arrested several times throughout the nation for marijuana possession-holds a prescription card for the drug in California. The card, however, is not recognized in Texas. Officials reportedly found less than half an ounce of marijuana in a refuse container in Snoop's tour bus.

The county in which Snoop was arrested is the same jurisdiction that prosecuted Willie Nelson for drug possession in 2010. The town, Sierra Blanca, has a border checkpoint and is located about 90 miles east of El Paso in Hudspeth County. At the time, Snoop vocally supported Nelson, saying that county officials should drop the charges.

Although the rapper's publicist refused to comment on the situation, documents indicate that Snoop received a misdemeanor citation for drug possession, a charge that carries up to 180 days of jail time. Unconfirmed reports indicate that the rapper will only face about $500 in state fines for possessing the drug paraphernalia.

Source: Reuters, "Snoop Dogg Busted for Possession in Today's 'No Shizzle' News," Tim Kenneally, January 10, 2012.

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