Days after Nelly was arrested and charged with felony drug possession in Tennessee, he’s released a statement saying the only thing he’s guilty of is not watching the company he keeps.

In the message posted on his Instagram page, Nelly wrote, “I feel the need to take responsibility for my choices in needing to be more aware of all the people I associate with and allow onto my property.”

He added, “The last thing I would want to do is compromise the respect and admiration of my friends, family, and fans.”



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Here’s the scoop on his arrest via The Johnson City Press:

Nelly, 40, whose real name is Cornell Haynes, was charged with felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia after a trooper stopped a Prevost motor coach bus at 9:20 a.m. on Interstate 40 near the 275 mile marker, the release said.

The bus was stopped, the release said, because it did not display two required stickers. A trooper said he was investigating when he noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the bus.

Two troopers then searched the bus, finding a plastic bag that contained five rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The release said “approximately 100 small Ziploc bags that are commonly associated with the sale of narcotics” was found, but none of the six people on the bus were charged with the sale of drugs.

Several handguns were reported to be found, including a gold-plated .50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a .45-caliber Tarus pistol and a 500-magnum Smith and Wesson, the release said.

Another man on the bus, Brian Jones, 44, of St. Louis was charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun. The other four were not charged.

The bus was believed to be en route to St. Louis, Nelly’s hometown. The rapper and Jones were taken to the Putnam County Jail.

Nelly has been in this game long enough to know the risks of having the wrong people in his circle (or on his bus).

Hopefully, he will be smarter going forward (or at least keep his stash off of the bus).