i ran across this article about snoop getting busted...
snoop is a good guy, feds should just leave him alone, anyways here's the story.
PASADENA, California (AP) -- A stone-faced Snoop Dogg pleaded no contest to felony gun and drug charges Wednesday, avoiding what could have been a years-long prison sentence.
The 35-year-old rapper, born Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., agreed to five years' probation and 800 hours of community service. He faced charges of gun possession by a felon and sale or transportation of marijuana.
Snoop Dogg's recent arrests marked the end of a relatively long trouble-free stretch for the rapper. He has burnished his image in recent years with appearances in mainstream movies and by starting a youth football league.
He was arrested at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California, on Oct. 26 on suspicion of transporting marijuana. Police later found a gun at his home. If convicted at trial, he could have faced up to four years in prison.
Judge Terry Smerling placed conditions on Snoop Dogg's probation including that only 400 hours of community service could involve his youth football league.
The judge also ruled that Snoop Dogg could not have any gang members in his entourage, must provide authorities a DNA sample and must have a medical permit if he uses marijuana.
The rapper caused a sensation when he arrived in a fur-collared black leather jacket, T-shirt and sequined jeans, and teenagers shrieked as he came down a hallway to the courtroom.
Defense attorney Donald Etra said outside the court that Snoop Dogg smokes marijuana because he has migraines and has a medical permit under state law.
Etra said Snoop Dogg's security staff, drivers and entourage do not include gang members.
"Snoop's position is he wants to give children and teenagers an example to follow," Etra said of the football league.
Etra said Snoop Dogg "recognizes he got a great deal," given his prior convictions.
If he violates probation, he will be sentenced to three years in state prison.
Snoop Dogg also faces separate felony charges stemming from a security screener's discovery of a collapsible baton in his computer bag at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, on September 27.
Authorities allege the baton was a dangerous weapon. Snoop Dogg has said it was a prop for a video he was filming in New York, and he pleaded not guilty.
Snoop Dogg was convicted in 1990 of cocaine possession and charged with gun possession after a 1993 traffic stop. He pleaded guilty in exchange for three years' probation and a promise to make public-service announcements against violence.
He was acquitted of a murder charge in 1996 after the death of an alleged street-gang member killed by gunfire from the vehicle in which Snoop Dogg was traveling.
I feel for you snoop, but hey atleast he's not going to jail, unless he violates his probation that is.
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