KANSAS LAW DOG
Registered: May 2003
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Location: Yon Woady Pump
by Josh Grossberg
Fri, 27 Oct 2006 11:29:19 AM PDT
Looks like the Doggfather better avoid airports if he wants to stay out of the pound.
Less than a month after his run-in with airport security in Orange County, California, for attempting to stow an illegal weapon in his carry-on luggage, Snoop Dogg was busted Thursday by police at Bob Hope Airport in the Los Angeles suburb of Burbank for illegal firearm and drug possession.
The hip-hopster, otherwise known as Calvin Broadus, was taken into custody by airport police at 3:45 p.m. after officers served him with a traffic violation for stopping in a passenger loading/unloading zone. A search of his vehicle turned up a gun and marijuana, said Sergeant Kevin Grandalski, a spokesman for the Burbank Police Department.
Snoop was subsequently booked on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and transportation of a controlled substance and was released after posting $35,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraignment on Monday.
(Snoop's felon status comes from a 1990 conviction on cocaine possession and a guilty plea for illegal gun possession in 1993. In 1996, a Los Angeles jury acquitted him of murder in a gang-related killing.)
Meanwhile, the rapper's attorney, Donald Etra, insists "there was no basis" for his client's arrest.
"We believe that once this is cleared up, all charges will be dismissed," Etra said in a statement.
Etra might soon be racking up the frequent freeway miles. Prosecutors some 40 miles away in Santa Ana are expected to decide in the coming days whether to charge the rapper for another airport-related transgression.
On Sept. 27, Snoop was detained by security at John Wayne Airport for unlawful possession of a collapsible police baton, an item banned on plane flights.
Because the baton is classified as a dangerous weapon, the matter was referred to the Orange County District Attorney's office.
"We are finishing up our investigation and should have an announcement soon," said D.A. spokeswoman Susan Schroeder.
But Snoop's airport mishaps are not limited to Southern California. In May, he received a caution from London police, and a lifetime ban from British Airways, after he and his entourage instigated a brawl with airline staff and airport police when some of them were banned from British Airways' first-class lounge at Heathrow.