Norwegian customs officials briefly detained "an American artist" at the airport Thursday, after it was discovered bringing a little bit of marijuana and a lot-tle bit of cash into the country. The AP is reporting that artist was Snoop Dogg, who was scheduled to headline Norway's Hove music festival Thursday, and showed up to the gig five hours late.
A customs officer speaking on the condition of anonymity said that the artist was carrying about 8 grams of marijuana. The bigger issue was that he was also carrying tons of undeclared money.
How much money?
According to local newspaper Fædrelandsvennen, about thirty-eight thousand dollars; enough to buy nice souvenirs for everyone.
Norwegian law allows travelers to carry about $4,000 into the country before the amount must be declared with customs. Snoop or someone who sounds a lot like him, was taken to a police station and fined 52,000 kroner ($8,600) for the oversight.
He paid the fine in cash, like a boss, which means he still had about thirty thousand dollars to play with.
E! News came across a great clip of a Norwegian television reporter interviewing Snoop after he finally arrived. When asked why he was so late, Snoop snapped at the reporter to "Shut the fuck up" and "ask some real questions."
[EDIT: The video is from last year, apparently (Come on, E! News), which means Snoop is just habitually several hours late to appearances in Norway. It is no less watchable for this fact.]
When the reporter pressed him for details, Snoop calmly explained he was tardy because he had been procuring chicken wings and visiting the elderly of Scandinavia:
"I was late 'cause I went to go get some chicken wings. That's why I was late. ‘Cause I wanted to see Norway up close and personal, and visit an old folks' home. I went to visit a convalescent home. That's why I was late."
Here's the video. The hilarious exchange begins at 0:49 (and, for some reason, appears to take place in a shoe store).
There is no limit on the amount of travelers' checks a person can bring into Norway.