Bruno Mars is cleared of cocaine possession

Singer was caught with the drug in September 2010

Bruno Mars has been cleared of cocaine possession.

The singer, who pleaded guilty to possession of the drug last February after he was spotted carrying a bag of white powder by a toilet attendant at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel the previous September, has had the case against him dismissed.

He pleaded guilty last February to cocaine possession, but the judge postponed accepting the plea instead sentencing him to a year of probation, a $2,000 (£1,256) fine, 200 hours of community service and drug counselling, reports the Associated Press.

Mars, whose real name is Peter Gene Hernandez, didn’t appear in person for his latest hearing in Las Vegas today (January 18).

But his attorneys successfully convinced the judge that he’d been keeping out of trouble since the punishment and he had carried out his part of the probation.

Speaking after the case, his attorney Blair Berk said:

Bruno earned the dismissal, he exceeded the expectations of the court.

Mars is due to perform at the 54th annual Grammy Awards next month. He is also up for six nominations.