authorities found marijuana, heroin and a loaded gun on tour bus Grammy rapper Nelly during a routine stop at a police checkpoint west Texas border, police said Thursday.
A member of the entourage of the singer took responsibility for the items and was arrested after the search, on Wednesday, while others on the bus, including Nelly were released, officials said.
“I believe that my staff has an unfortunate decision to bring illegal material on our bus tour that led to his arrest made,” Nelly said in a statement on Thursday. “Neither I nor anyone else on the tour bus was aware of her decision to wear it on board.”
Hudspeth County Sheriff’s spokesman said that the tour bus was pulled into the border police checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas, about 90 miles east of El Paso, when a dog is the presence of controlled substances detected.
“The officer asked all seven occupants of the bus and an inspection of the vehicle,” spokesman Rusty Fleming told Reuters. “Looking for a product of marijuana in small plastic container, 36 bags of heroin and a .45 pistol loaded . “
Fleming said that all occupants of the bus were informed of their Miranda rights, and a passenger on the bus, Brian Keith Jones, admitted that the substances and the gun was his.
Jones was arrested, Fleming said, adding that he did not know what charges he will face.
Nelly, 37, whose real name Cornell Haynes Iral, was born in Austin, Texas. has starred in several movies, and Billboard magazine named him one of the best artists of the decade in 2009.