For some reason, rear-entry-popularizing spoken-wordsmith Snoop Dogg and airports don't mix; perhaps it's the airports' fault, stemming from their long-standing and well-documented biases against people who carry firearms and large Ziploc bags of weed on their person. Whatever the case, in an unfortunate turn of events that hearkens back to a Bobby-and-bodyguard pile-on incident at Heathrow last spring, the rapper was arrested yesterday at the Burbank airport on suspicion of illegal drug and gun possession:
The rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, was arrested at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at Bob Hope Airport, police said. Snoop Dogg posted $35,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in court Dec. 12.
Airport police officers stopped Snoop Dogg at a loading zone for a vehicle code violation. When officers searched the vehicle they found a gun and marijuana, police said.
"There was no basis for this arrest," the rapper's attorney, Donald Etra, said in a statement. "We believe that once this is cleared up, all charges will be dismissed."
That's a brass-ballsy, and some might say outrageous, statement, especially considering Etra's client was found with multiple smoking-things-whose-presence -infer-ironclad-guilt. Still, he may be able to back up his claim, if he can successfully convince a judge of his planned defense: that the contraband items belonged not to the hip-hop superstar, but to a mangy stray who happened to wander off a Burbank sidewalk to join his prize-winning collection of pedigree show-ho's.