By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun
12:52 PM EST, February 15, 2013
Maryland State Police arrested Grammy-nominated rapper 2 Chainz on drug charges following a Thursday traffic stop on his way to perform at a homecoming event at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, police said.
The rapper, real name Tauheed Epps, tweeted about the incident and posted a photo of himself standing with two unidentified state troopers. Gregory Shipley, a spokesman for the state police, told The Sun that the incident is under review.
Troopers pulled over a white Ford van for going 79 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone at the intersection of Route 50 and Rabbit Hill Road at about 9:20 p.m., said Sgt. Marc Black, a state police spokesman. Black said police smelled an odor of burnt marijuana, and conducted a probable cause search where they found a backpack containing a grinder with trace amounts of marijuana.
Black said Epps claimed ownership of the backpack and was arrested and issued a citation for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Epps tweeted about the experience, writing that a member of his entourage said the suspected drugs belonged to him but that Epps was arrested anyway. "They said, he [the entourage member] don't smoke," Epps wrote. "How da [expletive] u know?"
The photo, meanwhile, has been "liked" on photo-sharing site Instagram more than 39,000 times. "Locked me up then wanted pictures," he wrote on Twitter.
Black said there is "no specific policy, per se" about officers taking pictures with people they arrest. "But we're looking at it administratively to see if anything should be pursued," Black said.
He said Epps had no filed a complaint about the incident and police have no contact since last night with him or his group.
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