Nelly arrested after police find drugs on tour bus

Rapper will appear in court in June

Nelly was detained by Tennessee police yesterday morning (April 11) after state troopers found drugs on the rapper’s tour bus.

The Associated Press reports that the bus was pulled 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.

Nelly – real name Cornell Haynes – is facing charges that include felony possession of drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was bailed out of Putnam County Jail on a $10,000 bond and will appear in court on June 19.


The 40-year-old was in the news last month after performing a concert in Iraq’s region of Ebril, Kurdistan as part of a benefit concert in support of victims of ISIS. The event was organised by the Rwanga Foundation to raise money for people displaced by recent conflict. According to the group, Nelly became “the first American artist to perform in the city’s 8,000 year old history”. As pointed out by Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, however, he was forced to alter the lyrics of his 2002 hit single ‘Hot In Herre’ to blank out any refrences to undressing.