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Nelly Addresses Drug Arrest: “I Feel The Need To Take Responsibility”



Just days after being arrested on several drug charges and felony possession in Tennessee, Nelly took to social media to address his fans and explain that he is “taking responsibly” for his choices.

“Although I am unable to speak to the legal specifics and my attorney has put out a preliminary statement, 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 committing to making better choices moving forwards,” he wrote in a lengthy Instagram message. “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. #KNOWDAT!!!!”

On Saturday morning, Nelly and five other people were traveling in a coach bus when they were stopped in Putnam County for failure to display a U.S. Department of Transportation and International Fuel Tax Association sticker.

While pulled over, authorities smelled weed and due to probable cause, searched the vehicle only to find a “plastic bag that contained five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.”

According to law enforcement, they also found “approximately 100 small Ziploc bags that are commonly associated with the sale of narcotics and numerous handguns, including a gold-plated 50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a 45-caliber Taurus pistol, and a 500 magnum Smith and Wesson.”

Putnam County Sheriff's Office

Putnam County Sheriff’s Office

Following the arrest, Nelly’s lawyer, Scott Rosenblum released the following statement:

“Nelly was one of several individuals that was on a tour bus that was stopped and searched while traveling through Tennessee. In fact, there had been 15-20 people that had access to the bus prior to the stop. Allegedly, a small quantity of contraband (MDMA aka Molly or Ecstasy) was discovered during the routine search. We are extremely confident that when the facts come out, Nelly will not be associated with the contraband that was allegedly discovered.”

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