Rapper 2 Chainz arrested in US on drug charge

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Associated Press

Posted on February 15, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 16 at 2:00 AM

EASTON, Maryland (AP) — Rapper 2 Chainz has been arrested on drug charges.

Maryland State Police spokesman Sgt. Marc Black said troopers stopped a van Thursday night for speeding and smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana. A backpack in the van had a marijuana grinder and trace amounts of marijuana, police said.

The rapper, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, claimed possession of the backpack and was arrested, police said. Epps was cited for having drug paraphernalia and marijuana and was released. The citation carries up to a year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.

Agents representing Epps did not respond to requests for comment.

Last year, 2 Chainz released his solo debut, "Based on a T.R.U. Story," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Charts and has achieved gold status.

After the arrest, 2 Chainz' website tweeted a photograph that appears to show him posing with two police officers.

"Locked me up and then Wanted pictures smh," read one tweet, using the abbreviation for "shaking my head."

Black said the Maryland State Police could not confirm the authenticity of the photograph but is investigating.

His manager declined to comment or confirm the tweets were from 2 Chainz himself.

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