A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said agents conducted a routine inspection of the rapper’s tour bus on at the U.S.- Mexico border checkpoint east of El Paso and thought they smelled marijuana.
“When our officers did a further inspection, they discovered a small amount of marijuana and turned him over to the Hudspeth County sheriff,” Brooks said.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s office said Snoop Dogg “freely admitted” the pot belonged to him. He said a drug-sniffing dog found a prescription bottle containing rolled marijuana joints and two other containers with marijuana.
The rapper was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, released and given a January 20 court date, authorities said. If convicted, he faces 180 days in jail.
Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, has been arrested and convicted numerous times in the last 10 years for possession of drugs ranging from marijuana to cocaine, and weapons offenses.
In 2008, Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson collaborated on the song and music video “My Medicine,” a thinly veiled homage to marijuana. Both artists have made their appreciation of pot an important part of their public personas.
The rapper’s spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.
Reuters and Zap2it contributed to this report.