Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nelly's Attorney Disputes Drug Charges; Rosenblum Says Drugs Found on Tour Bus Were Not in the Possession of the St. Louis Hip-Hop Star

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Nelly's Attorney Disputes Drug Charges; Rosenblum Says Drugs Found on Tour Bus Were Not in the Possession of the St. Louis Hip-Hop Star

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The attorney for rapper and reality TV star Nelly said his client is innocent of drug charges filed against him in Tennessee on Saturday.

"I think when the facts comes out, the alleged contraband will not be associated with Nelly," prominent defense attorney Scott Rosenblum said Sunday morning. "I feel strongly about that."

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes Jr., was pulled over in his tour bus because the vehicle did not display required federal transportation and fuel tax stickers.

The bus was stopped about halfway between Nashville and Knoxville. Troopers said Nelly was one of six people on board.

A trooper said he smelled marijuana on the bus and conducted a search. In the sleeper area, troopers said they found a plastic bag that contained five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, troopers said.

They said they also found about 100 small plastic bags commonly associated with the sale of narcotics; and numerous handguns, including a gold-plated .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a .45- caliber Taurus pistol and a .500 Magnum Smith & Wesson.

Nelly, 40, a St. Louis native, was charged with felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Also on the bus was Brian Jones, 44, of St. Louis. He was charged as a felon in possession of a firearm.

In 2012, Jones was with Nelly and others when the rapper's tour bus was stopped at a West Texas border checkpoint. Police in Texas said they found a small amount of heroin, about 10 pounds of pot and a loaded gun on the bus.

Nelly was detained at the time but released after Jones admitted that the drugs and the gun belonged to him.

Rosenblum said Nelly and his entourage were returning to St. Louis from a show on the East Coast "I think the show was in North Carolina," he said when they were pulled over in Tennessee. …

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