Rapper Nelly arrested in Putnam County on drug charges


PUTNAM COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Well-known hip hop artist Nelly was arrested in Putnam County on drug charges Saturday morning.

It happened at 9:20 a.m. on Interstate 40 near the 275 mile marker.

According to a release, a trooper pulled over Nelly’s motor coach bus because it did not have a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and International Fuel Tax Association (IFTA) sticker on the vehicle.

The trooper was about to do an inspection of the vehicle when he reportedly smelled marijuana. He along with another trooper then searched the inside of the bus.

Brian Jones
Brian Jones

That’s where they found a plastic bag containing five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.

After a further search of the vehicle, the troopers reportedly discovered 100 small Ziploc bags commonly associated with the sale of narcotics, and numerous handguns, including a gold-plated 50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a 45-caliber Tarus pistol, and a 500 magnum Smith and Wesson.

Forty-year-old Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes, was arrested and charged with felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Five other people were also on the bus at the time of the traffic stop. One of whom included Brian Jones, a convicted felon who was in possession of a handgun. He is also facing charges.

Authorities said the group was traveling to St. Louis, where Nelly is from.

Nelly was released from the Putnam County jail on a $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court June 19.

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