Two members of Snoop's entourage, described as admitted members of the Rolling 20's Crips street gang in a press release from the Burbank Police Department, were also charged. Michael Mingo, 33, was arrested for investigation of possessing burglary tools and Lovell Polk, 36, was arrested for an unidentified outstanding warrant.
Snoop's attorney, Donald Etra, told MTV News that the rapper was pulled over as he was leaving the studio where the "The Tonight Show" is taped, and that he made the $60,000 bail and was released a short time after 1 a.m. Wednesday, nearly seven hours after his arrest.
Etra said Snoop was not aware that police were watching him or were preparing to execute the warrants. "It's too early to discuss what happened and it is my understanding that at this point no charges have been filed by the district attorney," he said. "At this point he is innocent of all charges." An arraignment in the case is set for January 11.
The latest brush with the law came a month after Snoop was arrested at the Burbank airport, where police there found a gun and marijuana in his car; a hearing in that case is scheduled for December 12.
Earlier this month, Snoop surrendered to California police to face charges of possessing a deadly weapon — a collapsible police baton that he tried to carry onto a plane in a laptop case at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, in September (see "Snoop Turns Himself In On Weapon Charge, Promptly Pays Bail"). At the time, The Associated Press reported that Snoop told deputies the baton was a prop for a movie.
Police said that information developed during Tuesday's investigation confirmed that Snoop is a convicted felon — he pleaded guilty to felony charges stemming from a 1990 cocaine-possession arrest and a 1993 gun-possession arrest — and an admitted member of the Rolling 20s Crips and that he continues to associate with other Crips members.
Etra said that Snoop is not a member of a gang and added that he had no knowledge of the two men who were arrested along with the rapper. Asked if the vehicle in which the gun and drugs were allegedly found belonged to his client, Etra said he did not know, but that for now, Snoop is committed to "continuing with his life." Given the two previous arrests, when asked if Snoop had considered laying low, Etra declined to discuss any specifics of Tuesday's bust, saying only, "Clearly, he's under the microscope."