Nelly and Crew Busted in Texas with 36 Bags of Heroin, 10 Pounds of Weed and a Loaded Gun [Many Updates]

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Erin Kinsella
Nelly in happier times, performing in Kiener Plaza.
Update, 9:00 a.m.: We spoke with Jay E, producer of almost every song on Country Grammar and frequent Nelly collaborator. While he certainly isn't about to condone anyone's actions here, he is urging restraint. After all, none of us were there. He posted the following on his personal Facebook page yesterday afternoon and agreed to let us reprint it here: "For the people emailing, texting, and what nots about what info they got today. Please read... Maybe even read this twice...

Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. - Matthew 7:1"

Update, 10/12: Nelly speaks: Via Twitter, obviously, since this is 2012. His take on his bodyguard's illegal substances, below.

Update, 3:15 p.m.: We've got calls and messages out to several people close to Nelly. So far there's been no response, but we'll let you know once we have something.

Update: We've got a statement from the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office -- it's below.

Nelly took his tour bus through Sierra Blanca, Texas last night. Probably a nice little town to make a stop unless you are carrying a shitload of contraband. Which, as it turns out, Nelly's bus was: Specifically, 36 bags of heroin, ten pounds of weed and a loaded .45 caliber pistol.

See also:
-Who is Brian Keith Jones?
-Daily RFT's coverage of this arrest.
-Here is Nelly Performing "Hot in Herre" with the Roots (Video)
-Lessons I Learned from Nelly

Then...

And then...

Finally


Sierra Blanca is a town with a population somewhere around 500, and really, tour buses of any kind should probably just stop driving through it. It's the place where just a couple weeks ago, Fiona Apple was busted for weed possession. Before that? Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Armie Hammer. All in Sierra Blanca. That pretty much qualifies as a pattern.

Meanwhile, one of the people traveling with Nelly -- Brian Keith Jones -- has claimed responsibility for all the...luggage found on Nelly's tour bus. He has been arrested and everyone else was released. Again, more as we know it.

The statement from the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office is on the next page.


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78 comments
Jeff
Jeff

Those four incoherent tweets constitute Nelly's "take" on this? Really?

kmaletsky
kmaletsky

.@AMBabka When people like me are taking to reporting Tweets, that is not a strong argument for my profession. So..not going to be a habit.

kmaletsky
kmaletsky

. @AMBabka Though this seems like the sort of instance where you really don't need a professional journalist.

kevinharvell
kevinharvell

@RiverfrontTimes It is not like that genre gives people a reason to believe otherwise. People are who they hang out with.

eebsworthgoold
eebsworthgoold

@kmaletsky THAT'S how you work the Twitter. Well done!

Julia Maupin
Julia Maupin

I guess he came home for a day got some supplies and went back to work.... good for him lol

Brian GSoul Garrett
Brian GSoul Garrett

you guys are pre-judging, wait til the facts come , i never believe anything first told, and neither should you , .....so drugs have only been confined to hip-hop ...lol ...gimme a break you guys need history lessons in music....sex ..drugs...ROCK AND ROLL!!!!

Jay Vines
Jay Vines

Any sane clear thinking person knew he was a thug from the time we 1st saw him. Rap is crap!!!

Trace Welsh
Trace Welsh

He even types with ebonics? Bad ebonics at that. I thought that was just a rap thing. You set a fine example for your younger fans.

ciaralavelle
ciaralavelle

@timelfrinkmia I want to respond with a witty pun from a Nelly song title, but I am SO VERY OLD and do not remember any Nelly songs.

jpjernigan
jpjernigan

@a_herold @RiverfrontTimes best/worst merch table *ever.*

jeffbalke
jeffbalke topcommenter

Any thought to changing the headline so those who only see that don't think Nelly was the one arrested because, as your story points out, he wasn't. Just a thought. I'm no Nelly fan, but that seems to be a pretty misleading headline.

DSmitty999
DSmitty999

@PHXmusicdotcom I thought the whole reason people started rapping was to get away from that shit. #fucknelly

DSmitty999
DSmitty999

@PHXmusicdotcom I'm so pissed he's gonna get off. One of the richest rappers in the world is so greedy he has to take $ from addicts.

jesseraub
jesseraub

@SproBeforeBros RIGHT?!? Also, heroin? Jesus.

KillGoldfish
KillGoldfish

@SproBeforeBros of all the rappers that would be discovered as Actual Drug Dealers i would have never guessed Nelly

halfwit2k
halfwit2k

There is a permanent immigration/drugs checkpoint on I-10 because it is so close to the mexican border.  Who are these tour bus drivers who don't know to go around?

DirtyMF1
DirtyMF1

@DirtyMF1 @rftmusic MAn if this is true that's fuuuuuuuuucked up!

SheaSerrano
SheaSerrano

@LAWeeklyMusic That 2 Live Crew thing went up earlier, sir. Thanks for facilitating that.

tannenbaumr
tannenbaumr

@jodyrosen Blender headline: "Whoa, Nelly!" (Or maybe "Woe, Nelly!")

jstoff
jstoff

@kmaletsky @AMBabka I actually think stuff like Twitter reporting (Storify) are interesting/strong journalism tools. More so going forward.

AMBabka
AMBabka

@kmaletsky Whatever. It's a good thing. A necessary thing. A current thing. And readers clamor for it. Still verify, etc, but it's the way.

kmaletsky
kmaletsky

@eebsworthgoold Yay! You all will make a competent social media-er out of me yet. cc @AMBabka

metree32
metree32

@Trace Welsh language is meant to be understood right?

Kiernan_Maletsky
Kiernan_Maletsky

 @jeffbalke We may be splitting hairs, but he WAS detained and read his Miranda Rights and the contraband was with him. Still, I see your point. I'll give it some breadth. 

PHXmusicdotcom
PHXmusicdotcom

@DSmitty999 Is he really one of the richest rappers in the world?

MrZlatt
MrZlatt

@AudumLive Willie Nelson, Fiona Apple, now this. Don't drive thru Sierra Blanca EVER

LAWeeklyMusic
LAWeeklyMusic

@SheaSerrano What the internet now prohibits linking to things?

jodyrosen
jodyrosen

@tannenbaumr You still got it!

eebsworthgoold
eebsworthgoold

@AMBabka @kmaletsky Please refer to @dgoold on the importance of #Twitter as it pertains to his profession.

AMBabka
AMBabka

@kmaletsky @eebsworthgoold Yep! Super-duper job!

jeffbalke
jeffbalke topcommenter

 @Kiernan_Maletsky I hear you, but in the day and age of social media -- I saw this originally on Facebook -- all you see is the title, the photo and the first sentence and a half of the story. Since the vast majority of people online see that, it definitely misleads people. Just look at the Twitter comments. Thanks for the consideration.

DSmitty999
DSmitty999

@PHXmusicdotcom well, I thought junkies made good music? ;p

DSmitty999
DSmitty999

@PHXmusicdotcom Apple Bottom Jeans, Bling, and Heroin isn't free homie

PHXmusicdotcom
PHXmusicdotcom

@DSmitty999 Ever heard the one about the famous musician who spent all his money? Ha.

DSmitty999
DSmitty999

@PHXmusicdotcom #18. Lol I just get fired up bro! He must of had shit deals or blew a lot of cash though Country Grammar was 9x platinum

PHXmusicdotcom
PHXmusicdotcom

@DSmitty999 And just to play devils advocate here, how do you know he was selling it?

PHXmusicdotcom
PHXmusicdotcom

@DSmitty999 That's pretty dang good. I wasn't questioning yr reasoning, just wondering if he's really one of the richest.

LAWeeklyMusic
LAWeeklyMusic

@SheaSerrano I would like to read it but googling would take four seconds and man I'm really busy this week.

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