Snoop Dogg could face criminal charges in connection with the arrests of three men who delivered him to the BET Awards in a gray armored van, authorities said. Two of the three arrested outside yesterday’s (June 24) event in Los Angeles were unarmed but wanted by authorities for unidentified misdemeanor crimes. The third, who was also unarmed, was wanted on parole violations.
Six others were armed and detained by authorities. They identified themselves as Snoop Dogg’s security detail, said Joe Gordon, assistant special agent in charge for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. They were released but Gordon said charges would be presented to federal prosecutors that could involve Snoop Dogg, who was not detained but spoke briefly with his lawyer outside the Kodak Theatre.
Possible charges include associating with the armed men, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in federal prison. Snoop was convicted in 1990 of possession of cocaine for sale, and authorities said it is illegal for a felon to possess weapons or hire armed security guards.
It is illegal under federal law to “carry or use firearms in connection with the protection of a prohibited person,” Gordon said.
“The prohibited person would be a hub of the case,” under those charges, Gordon said. “The people that had firearms would be the spokes of the wheel.”