Half the cash has been seized, but most will be returned
Snoop Dogg has had half of a sum of $422,000 (approx £270,000) in cash confiscated by Italian police following his recent concert in Calabria in the far south of Italy.
Snoop was boarding a private plane following his show, and failed to declare the money, as required by EU law for sums in excess of €10,000 (approx $11,000). The confiscation is standard practice under Italian financial law.
Italian police have since confirmed that they’re likely to return the $211,000 sum taken from Snoop, minus a penalty for the failure to declare, as it was legitimately earned.
“We clarified everything from a legal point of view. The money came from concerts he had performed around Europe. There was no crime; it was just an administrative infraction,” lawyer Andrea Parisi confirmed to Reuters.
This latest border issue is the second difficulty with authorities that Snoop has faced in the past week of his European tour, with the rapper accusing Swedish authorities of ‘racial profiling’ after he was held and required to give a urine sample at the border in Uppsala last weekend. The result of the Swedish urine test is not yet known, and is expected to take some time.
Snoop is yet to comment on the financial confiscation. He’s set to play Kendal Calling this coming Sunday, August 2nd.