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Nelly, attorney issue statements on rapper's misdemeanor guilty plea

Nelly, attorney issue statements on rapper's misdemeanor guilty plea

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Superstar rapper Nelly calls the resolution of his drug possession charges in Tennessee back in April “very fair.”

Nelly entered a guilty plea to misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and was sentenced to a year of probation for the two misdemeanors, according to Bryant C. Dunaway, Putnam County District Attorney.

“I would like to thank my attorney Scott Rosenblum and the people of Tennessee for a very fair outcome,” he said in a statement.

Rosenblum added: “We were confident from the onset of the charges that Nelly would be cleared and we are pleased with the outcome of dismissed charges. It was stated in open court that there was never any methamphetamines on his bus and absolutely no evidence present to pursue felony charges against Rap Super Star- Nelly. As for the misdemeanor consumption charge, Nelly took a diversion which means his record will be cleared of any misdemeanor charges.”

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Nelly was pulled over in his tour bus because the vehicle did not display required federal transportation and fuel tax stickers. Troopers said Nelly was one of six people on board.

A trooper said he smelled marijuana on the bus and conducted a search. In the sleeper area, troopers said they found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana, plus a plastic bag that contained a substance believed to be methamphetamine. Nelly was charged with felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Authorities say further testing showed the substance was not methamphetamine, and the felony charge was dropped.

Nelly's annual Black and White Ball was recently moved from Dec. 20 to April 10.

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