Snoop Pleads No Contest To Drug and Gun Charges

Snoop Pleads No Contest To Drug and Gun Charges

In order to settle two pending cases against him, Snoop Dogg entered a plea of no contest yesterday (April 11) in Pasadena Superior Court.

As previously reported by SOHH, the rapper was arraigned on felony charges for sale or transportation of marijuana and possession of a firearm, stemming from a previous arrest at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Ca in October of last year. During the incident which began as a traffic violation, authorities discovered a gun and marijuana inside the rapper's vehicle.

During the court appearance, Snoop (born Calvin Broadus) was sentenced to five years of formal probation and was ordered to perform 800 hours of community service by Judge Terry Smerling. The ruling suspended a three-year state prison sentence.

According to the Associated Press, the judge also placed the stipulation that only 400 hours of his assigned community service could involve the rapper's youth football league. The judge also ruled that Snoop Dogg could not have any gang members in his entourage and must notify the probation department before leaving the state. The rapper must also provide authorities a DNA sample and he must have a medical permit if he uses marijuana.

"Snoop accepts full responsibility for these matters," stated his attorney Donald Etra. "He understands that, while he has every reason to seek security and protection, he cannot have a gun in his own vehicle, and he must only employ licensed security personnel. By the same token, although Snoop possesses a medical marijuana certificate, he recognizes, he cannot possess more marijuana than permitted by that law," explained Etra.

If he violates probation, Snoop could be sentenced to three years in state prison. The two charges to which he pleaded no contest to do not count as strikes under the "three-strikes" law because they did not involve violence, said district attorney's spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons.

"This was an expedited way of resolving these matters. It permits Snoop to get back to what he does best, namely, entertaining his fans through his music and films as well as serving his community as coach of his 2000 member youth football league," stated Etra. "Snoop appreciates the courtesy and cooperation extended to him by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, which was very helpful in resolving these matters."

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