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Nelly‘s tour bus was raided in Texas on Wednesday (Oct. 10), and authorities found massive amounts of weed, heroin and a loaded gun. According to TMZ, the bus was stopped at a border patrol checkpoint and a police canine detected the presence of contraband in the vehicle.
Nelly (real name Cornell Haynes) and several passengers were eventually detained after a search discovered three dozen small baggies of heroin (totaling .64 ounces), over ten pounds of marijuana and a loaded .45 caliber pistol. Whoa, Nelly!
One of the detainees, Brian Keith Jones, told authorities that the drugs and firearm were his and was arrested. Nelly and the other individuals were released to their tour bus.
We must also mention that this is the same checkpoint that has yielded drug busts from several celebrities including Snoop Dogg and Fiona Apple.
The Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Department issued a statement (courtesy of River Front Times) that reads:
Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office
October 11, 2012
Sierra Blanca, Texas–
On October 10, 2012 at approximately 8 pm. a 2007 Black Prevost Tour Bus that records later would reveal it belonged to Cornell Iral Haynes, a.k.a Nelly, who was onboard at the time, traveling eastbound on I-10 approached the U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint located in Sierra Blanca, Texas. During a routine check of U.S. citizenship the inspecting Border Patrol agent, a canine detected the presence of concealed humans and/or controlled substances emitting from the seams of the main entrance of the vehicle and requested the driver to pull into the secondary inspection lane for further inspection. The agent requested all subjects to exit the bus so that a canine working the checkpoint could conduct an inspection of the vehicle. Upon entering the bus the canine alerted to a cardboard box. A further search produced a small plastic container containing marijuana, and (36) very small Ziploc bags containing Heroin and a loaded .45 cal pistol.
At that time all seven occupants of the vehicle were detained and read their Miranda Warning Rights. Upon further inspection of the canine alerted to an outside lower compartment of the vehicle–after accessing the compartment agents found a large green-duffle bag containing (9) vacuum sealed bags containing marijuana. (Total weight of the marijuana seized was 10.4 lbs and weight of the Heroin was a total of .64 ounces).
At that time Brian Keith Jones freely admitted that the controlled substances along with the weapon belonged to him and he was placed under arrest by U.S. Border Patrol agents and detained. The vehicle and all subjects except for Jones were released from the checkpoint and allowed to travel with no further incident. At approximately 930pm the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and upon arrival, Mr. Jones was taken into custody and transported to the Hudspeth County jail and is currently awaiting a bond-hearing expected to take place later today or tomorrow.
Nelly’s reps had no comment on the matter.
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