Nate Dogg Busted For Possession Of Pot, Stolen Gun

By | April 18, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Nate Dogg spent a good part of his weekend answering to police officers.

The singer, born Nathaniel Dawayne Hale, was arrested on Friday, just outside of Kingman, Arizona, when his tour bus was pulled over for speeding on Interstate 40.

According to Ron Delonge, a lieutenant with the Kingman Highway Patrol, the arresting officer smelled what he thought was marijuana. A search of the vehicle turned up a handgun, which was reported as stolen, and four ounces of pot.

Nate, who was traveling with eight others, was the only one formally charged and arrested. He was released on bail the next day after posting a $3,500 bond. Officer Delonge said the case is still under investigation.

Delonge also said both charges are felonies, and if convicted, Nate faces up to one-and-a-half years for the weapons charge and three years for the drug possession.

A spokesperson for Nate’s record company, Elektra, had no comment.

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