Rapper Rick Ross has been arrested on drug charges.
The hip-hop star, real name William Roberts, was pulled over on Highway 279 in Georgia on Wednesday evening (June 10) when a traffic official suspected a window tint violation. According to local new station WSB TV, the deputy smelled marijuana when he asked Ross to roll down the offending tinted window on his Bentley and later found “five rolled marijuana cigarettes” and following a search of the car.
Ross was arrested and released on bail early Thursday morning (June 11). He was later charged with one traffic violation and one count of marijuana possession at Georgia’s Fatette county jail. A spokesperson for the Sherriff’s office said that the Ross had been “very cooperative” with the authorities and did not appear to be under the influence when he was arrested.
The Sherriff’s office also confirmed that Ross had not received any special treatment while in custody and had to wait in line for several hours to be processed. His mug shot was released shortly after midnight (see below).
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) June 11, 2015
Soon after his release, the four-time Grammy-nominated artist took to Twitter to announce his freedom, writing: “Hustle til you paid $”.
Hustle til you paid $
— Yung Rénzél ? (@RickRoss) June 11, 2015
The rapper was arrested in 2014 in North Carolina following his performance at SuperJam 2014 at the Greensboro Coliseum. A warrant was released for his arrest after he failed to attend a court date for a previous drug offence dating back to 2011. He was also arrested in Miami in 2008 on gun and drug possession charges.