Conflicting Reports In 2 Chainz’s Marijuana Arrest, Police Under Fire
2 Chainz (real name Tauheed Epps) was arrested last night for marijuana possession while on his way to a homecoming show at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The rapper has offered a different picture of the night and turned up the fire on the officers who posed with him for pictures during his detainment.
While marijuana possession landed him behind bars for several hours, 2 Chainz and his team were pulled over for exceeding the speed limit Thursday (February 14) night.
“He was going 79 in a 55,” Sgt. Marc Black told CBS Local. When the police pulled over 2 Chainz’s van, “a strong odor of burnt marijuana was detected in the vehicle. It’s likely that he just got finished smoking.”
The scent of marijuana was enough of a probable cause for Maryland State Police to search the passengers and the van in which they were driving.
“He was found with a backpack that had a trace amount of marijuana and paraphernalia. The paraphernalia was a marijuana grinder that he claimed ownership of. It was the grinder that contained the trace amounts.”
After his release, 2 Chainz went on a Twitter tirade and offered his side of the story. While the officers say he took the blame for the grinder, 2 Chainz explained otherwise.
“My security said it was his and they said, He don’t smoke,” 2 Chainz tweeted. “How da f–k u know? Haha wut a valentines day!!!”
He also tweeted a picture of the officers posing with him.
“UMES we on the way, dam police f—kn wit a n—a , we fina turnUP,” he tweeted after his release. “Locked me up and then Wanted pictures.” The tweet contained a picture sent from his Instagram account (not either of the officers’ account).
The picture in question is still the subject of an internal investigation, according to Sgt. Black. When asked about the rules of conduct, the police spokesperson was unclear as to what follows.
“That is where the questions lies,” Sgt. Black said. “There is no specific policy, but we’re looking at it administratively and looking into it and we will see if any policy was violated.”
None of the night’s activities stopped 2 Chainz from hitting the stage at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where Juicy J of Three 6 Mafia fame and Go-Go band New Impression also performed.
“He did perform last night,” Bill Robinson, Director of UMES Public Relations told CBS Local. “I was informed by Sr. Administrator that word reached the venue last night and that he was running late but he would be there.”
The show was part of the UMES’ Homecoming weekend. If Juicy J’s Twitter account is any indication of how it went, the house was left smoking.
“UMES homecoming 2013 Was crazzzzzzyyyyy thx for showin a trippy n—a so much love!” Juicy J tweeted. “Mane dat show was turnt!”
-Erik Parker, CBS Local