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Snoop Pleads Not Guilty to Baton Charge

Snoop Dogg’s attorney, Donald Etra, entered a not guilty plea on the rapper’s behalf yesterday (January 23) in response to charges of possession of a deadly weapon. The charges stem from a September 2006 incident at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA during which Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, was found to be carrying a 53-inch collapsible baton in his carry on luggage. He told authorities that the weapon was a prop for a movie he was filming in New York. Snoop is currently out on $150,000 bail, and if convicted, could face up to three years in prison. In other Snoop news, the West Coast MC has still not been charged in relation to two other arrests from November and October of last year. On October 26, 2006 Broadus was detained at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank when he was found to be in possession of an illegal firearm and marijuana. Just over a month later, Snoop was arrested once again following an appearance on the “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” for cocaine and marijuana possession, firearm possession and having a false compartment in his vehicle.

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