Grammy Award-winning rapper Nelly has been arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs. According to reports, the 40-year-old hip-hop artist was initially pulled over by police while travelling on a bus through Tennessee which was allegedly not displaying legally-required stickers. When officers then searched the bus they found drugs and handguns on board.
The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security said that Nelly, who was travelling with five other people, was then taken to Putnam County Jail and later released on bail.
Nelly was arrested on Saturday and later released on bail
The BBC reports that Texas-born Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes, was charged with "felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia."
Another man travelling on the bus was also arrested and charged.
In spite of the allegations, however, CNN reports that Nelly's lawyer Scott Rosenblum said he is positive about his client's situation.
"There had been 15-20 people that had access to the bus prior to the stop," he said.
The Ride Wit Me singer's lawyer said he is confident about his situation
The lawyer added that he is "extremely confident that when the facts come out, Nelly will not be associated with the contraband that was allegedly discovered."
Nelly is currently starring in his own reality TV show called Nellyville, which is centred around his family life.
The Hot in Herre hitmaker has two children of his own, Chanelle Haynes and Cornell Haynes III, as well as his sister Jackie Donahue's two children, Shawn and Sydney, whom he adopted when she died from leukaemia in 2005.
Following Jackie's diagnosis in 2003, Nelly and his sister began the Jes Us 4 Jackie campaign which attempts to educate African Americans and other minorities about the need for bone marrow transplants and encourage more registered donors.