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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