Nelly’s tour bus was raided on Wednesday (October 10th) in Sierra Blanca, Texas and according to TMZ, when it was stopped at a border patrol checkpoint, a police canine detected the presence of drugs.
After the contraband was detected, Nelly (Cornell Haynes) and his passengers were searched and police officials found large amounts of heroin, weed and loaded guns on board. To be precise, they found 36 small bags of heroin (totaling .64 ounces), over ten pounds of marijuana inside of a green duffel bag and a loaded .45 caliber pistol.
One of Nelly’s passengers, Brian Keith Jones, admitted that the contraband was his and was immediately arrested. Nelly and the other passengers were released.
Since the incident went public, Nelly released a statement to TMZ claiming that he had no idea that the items were on board his tour bus.
“It is my understanding a member of my staff made an unfortunate decision to bring unlawful materials onto our tour bus that resulted in his arrest this morning,” he told TMZ in a statement. “Neither I nor anyone else on the tour bus was aware of his decision to bring these on board. Law enforcement officials did not press charges against anyone other than that individual.”
The Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Department also issued a statement that reads:
Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office
October 11, 2012
Sierra Blanca, Texas–
On October 10, 2012 at approximately 8 pm. a 2007 Black Prevost Tour Bus that records later would reveal it belonged to Cornell Iral Haynes, a.k.a Nelly, who was onboard at the time, traveling eastbound on I-10 approached the U.S. Border Patrol Checkpoint located in Sierra Blanca, Texas. During a routine check of U.S. citizenship the inspecting Border Patrol agent, a canine detected the presence of concealed humans and/or controlled substances emitting from the seams of the main entrance of the vehicle and requested the driver to pull into the secondary inspection lane for further inspection. The agent requested all subjects to exit the bus so that a canine working the checkpoint could conduct an inspection of the vehicle. Upon entering the bus the canine alerted to a cardboard box. A further search produced a small plastic container containing marijuana, and (36) very small Ziploc bags containing Heroin and a loaded .45 cal pistol.
At that time all seven occupants of the vehicle were detained and read their Miranda Warning Rights. Upon further inspection of the canine alerted to an outside lower compartment of the vehicle–after accessing the compartment agents found a large green-duffle bag containing (9) vacuum sealed bags containing marijuana. (Total weight of the marijuana seized was 10.4 lbs and weight of the Heroin was a total of .64 ounces).
At that time Brian Keith Jones freely admitted that the controlled substances along with the weapon belonged to him and he was placed under arrest by U.S. Border Patrol agents and detained. The vehicle and all subjects except for Jones were released from the checkpoint and allowed to travel with no further incident. At approximately 930pm the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and upon arrival, Mr. Jones was taken into custody and transported to the Hudspeth County jail and is currently awaiting a bond-hearing expected to take place later today or tomorrow.”
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