SOUTH HAVEN, Ind. – On Thursday evening (March 24), a performance
at Big Shots by Chicago rapper Twista was canceled after he was arrested
for possessing marijuana.
Carl Mitchell, aka “Twista,” was arrested shortly after 10:30
p.m. on Thursday night after the Rolls Royce he was riding in was stopped
by the police because the driver was following another vehicle too closely,
according to Jeff Biggs, Porter County police chief deputy.
According to Biggs, when the officers pulled the Rolls Royce over, they
immediately smelled marijuana coming out of the vehicle. Upon further
investigation, the police found about half an ounce of
marijuana inside of a fake can.
Cpl. Paul Czupryn, who pulled over the Rolls Royce said, “We weren’t
looking for them (Thursday) night. We didn’t know they were driving,” he said.
According to the
Chicago Tribune, about 40 officers from several local departments were on patrol that
night for “Operation Pull-Over” due to the large crowd expected
from the rap concert.
Twista, a Chicago native, made his recording debut with “Po Pimp”
with Do or Die. Following the platinum single, he went on to release his
own debut, “Adrenaline Rush” in 1997. In 2002, he collaborated
with Ludacris and Jay-Z among other rap moguls to record “Kamikaze,”
which was released in early 2004.
Following several hits, including “Slow Jamz,” featuring Jamie
Foxx and Kanye West, in August 2014, his ninth studio album, “The
Dark Horse” was released.
Twista, 42, was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.
But he was not the only one arrested on the way to the show. The driver
of the Rolls Royce, along with the other two passengers were arrested
for marijuana possession as well.
All four men were taken down to Porter County Jail, where they were released
after posting a $500 cash bond.
In a statement, Twista said the police should focus on more serious crimes
as opposed to marijuana, comparing pot to jaywalking.
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