Rap artist ‘Nelly’ arrested for felony drug possession in Tennessee

Posted at 8:18 PM, Apr 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-11 23:31:45-04

PUTNAM COUNTY, Tenn. – Rap artist Cornell Haynes, 40, also known by his stage name, “Nelly”, has reportedly been arrested in Tennessee for felony drug possession after his bus was stopped.

Cornell Haynes, AKA

Cornell Haynes, AKA “Nelly”. Image courtesy The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security

FOX 13 News sister station FOX 2 in St. Louis reports that “Nelly” was believed to be traveling on the bus to his hometown of St. Louis when the bus was stopped for not having the correct stickers in Tennessee.

Highway patrol troopers reportedly noticed an aroma of marijuana on the bus after they stopped the vehicle Saturday morning, and they found a plastic bag containing methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Several handguns were also reportedly found.

“Nelly” was booked on charges of felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Another man on the bus, 44-year-old Brian Jones of St. Louis, was booked on a charge of being a felon in possession of a handgun, according to a press release from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Brian Jones

Brian Jones. Image courtesy The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security

Four others on the bus were not charged.

Jones and “Nelly” were taken to the Putnam County Jail. The bond was set at $10,000, which has reportedly been paid.