Rapper 2 Chainz and his entourage may need a refresher course on probable cause.
Oklahoma City police pulled over the musician's tour bus last week because of a broken taillight. Officers said they smelled an overwhelming odor of marijuana and could see smoke in the bus as the driver came out of the door, giving them probable cause to search the bus without a warrant.
But when one of the people on the bus was ordered to open the door, he refused and held a small copy of the U.S. Constitution up to the window, according to a probable cause affidavit filed Monday. All 11 people on the bus, including the driver, were arrested on obstruction complaints.
Affidavits supporting the arrests were filed this week, giving more details about the incident.
Police pulled the bus over on Interstate 40 at Meridian Avenue just before midnight, Aug. 21. The bus was on its way out of town following a performance at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, where 2 Chainz opened for Lil Wayne.
Officers said they pulled the bus over because the passenger side taillights were out. Police got to the door of the bus as driver Cedric Brooks, 31, was coming off the bus. The arresting officer said he smelled marijuana and saw smoke through the open door.
Brooks quickly shut the door and told officers he was not authorized to allow police on the bus, the affidavit states. The officer explained to Brooks that the marijuana smell gave him probable cause to search, but Brooks refused to open the door.
When backup officers arrived, police approached the door again and ordered a passenger sitting by the door, Abdullah Mujahid, 52, to open it. He shook his head “no” and held a copy of the U.S. Constitution up in the window, the affidavit states.
Police said they also made phone calls to those on the bus, ordering them to come out, but they refused.
Officers had the bus towed with the men still on it to the police training center at 800 N Portland Ave. An investigator with the district attorney's office got a search warrant about 9 a.m. The men got off the bus after officers showed them the warrant, and they were arrested.
One of those arrested was 2 Chainz, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, 35.
Epps made two comments about the incident on his Twitter feed after he was released on bail Aug. 22 from the Oklahoma County jail.
The first said: “Don't ask me ask OKC police department what they found on the bus,,,,u won't get an answer because nuthn was found.”
The second included expletives and said, in part, “our bus gets pulled 1 a week and they always say I smell weed I need to search ur bus.”
Police said they found some drugs on the bus but have not determined who they belonged to. No charges have been filed in the case thus far. A search warrant return, which would detail what was found on the bus, also hasn't been filed.