Nelly says he needs ‘to be more aware of the people I associate with’ following drugs arrest

The rapper was arrested last week (April 11) for possession of marijuana, meth and hand guns

Nelly has spoken for the first time following his drugs arrest last week (April 11).

The rapper – real name Cornell Haynes – was charged with felony possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia after police pulled his tour bus over for not displaying a necessary US Department of Transportation sticker.

Upon climbing aboard, the officers smelled marijuana and, after conducting a search, they found the drug, as well as five rocks that tested positive for meth, plus some drug paraphernalia. Police say they also found a variety of handguns.

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Now, the hip-hop star has told TMZ: “I feel the need to take responsibility for my choices in needing to be more aware of all the people I associate with and allow onto my property. While my instinct of course, is to be accessible to my friends, fans and acquaintances, the last thing I would want to do is compromise the respect and admiration of my friends, family and fans.”

Nelly’s attorney Scott Rosenblum has also released a written statement, saying: “We are extremely confident that when the facts come out, Nelly will not be associated with the contraband that was allegedly discovered.”

The 40-year-old has been released from Putnam County Jail on a $10,000 bond. He is due in court on June 19.

Nelly released his latest album ‘MO’ in 2013.

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