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Snoop Dogg Booked on Weapon Charge

November 6, 2006

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) _ Snoop Dogg was booked on one felony count of possession of a deadly weapon filed after security officers at John Wayne Airport found a collapsible baton in his carry-on luggage.

The 35-year-old rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, turned himself over to authorities at the Orange County Jail on Monday morning, said Susan Schroeder of the district attorney’s office.

Snoop Dogg’s spokesperson, Meredith O’Sullivan, said in a statement that ``Snoop was promptly released on bail and welcomes an expedited trial which will reveal that these charges are completely unwarranted.″

Bail had been set at $150,000.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to three years in prison.

The Sept. 27 incident occurred as Snoop Dogg prepared to take a flight to San Francisco. At the time of his arrest, he told deputies the baton was a prop for a movie, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office has said.

The weapon charge was filed Thursday and an arrest warrant was issued. Snoop Dogg’s attorney, Donald Etra, has called the charge ``bogus.″

Last month, the rapper was arrested at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank for investigation of illegal drug and gun possession. He posted $35,000 bail and was ordered to appear in court Dec. 12.

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