First, the tour bus rented by Snoop Dogg and his crew was cruising away from the tour’s opener in San Diego June 16 when it got stopped outside of the desert enclave of Temecula, Calif., at a routine Border Patrol checkpoint.
According to Border Patrol spokesman Roy Villareal, “Agents boarded the bus and smelled the unmistakable odor of marijuana. A little over one-half pound of marijuana was found. A passenger who claimed ownership was cited by the Riverside County Sheriff’s (Department) and released.”
Guiuermo Stopani, 31, of La Puente, Calif., was cited for allegedly possessing the weed and was released, sheriff’s Sgt. Howard Rush said.
It wasn’t clear if Snoop Dogg was aboard the bus when it was stopped.
In a separate incident, another Up In Smoke participant found himself in the dog house when he was arrested the next day in Pomona on suspicion of kidnaping, making terrorist threats, domestic violence and arson, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Nate Dogg – real name Nathaniel Dwayne Hale – was arrested June 17 by a SWAT team which surrounded his home before the rapper gave himself up, according to the Los Angeles Times. Bail has reportedly been set at $1 million.
Hale allegedly held a woman against her will at a home in Lakewood, assaulted herand set her mother’s car on fire.
The woman, identified only as Rhoda, told KABC-TV in Los Angeles that she had broken off a relationship with Hale several days earlier.
Hale got his start with rappers Snoop Dogg and Warren G in Long Beach-area groups.
He appeared with Dr. Dre on The Chronic and on Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle.
And of course, Eminem – a featured attraction of Up In Smoke – is performing on the tour thanks to the good graces of a Michigan judge who allowed the Detroit-area rapper to continue touring while waiting out several weapons charges back home.
The tour continues in Sacramento June 20 … as long as “Three Strikes And You’re Out” laws don’t apply to entire tours.