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2 Chainz not guilty of drug possession, paraphernalia charges

Rapper 2 Chainz was acquitted of drug charges Wednesday following his February arrest on suspicion of possession of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia.

The Grammy-nominated “No Lie” rapper, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, was arrested on Valentine’s Day after police said they observed his 2013 Ford E-350 van speeding en route to a concert at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He and the six other occupants were ordered out of the vehicle when cops reportedly smelled marijuana in the van. Police said 2 Chainz was arrested after they found a marijuana grinder and traces of marijuana in a bag he said he owned, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Epps, 35, was cited for having drug paraphernalia and marijuana and was released, but not before he posed for a photo with Maryland police officers.

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At the time and during the trial, Harold Folsome Jr., a security guard, took responsibility for the grinder, which was found in a gray bag inside Epps’ bag, according to the Star Democrat. Still, Folsome said the device did not belong to him. He was responsible for packing Epps’ bag and put the gray bag in it, he said, but three other people were in the same hotel suite gathering items before the group hurriedly headed out to the performance.

“Whoever left it in the room, I guess that’s who it belonged to,” Folsome said during the trial. “When I saw what it was, I knew what I did.”

Epps’ defense attorney said that there was no evidence to prove the gray bag belonged to his client.

A judge in Easton, Md., then found the rapper not guilty on both charges. Epps also was found not guilty of possession of paraphernalia.


“Boxing gloves I beat the trial,” 2 Chainz later tweeted.


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