One of the members of the hip hop duo OutKast is facing drug charges after
U.S. Customs and Border Protection allegedly found him in possession of
illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia after he disembarked from a cruise ship.
Antwan “Big Boi” Patton was leaving a cruise ship with a group
of friends last week when a dog trained to sniff out drugs alerted Customs
and Border Protection agents to Patton. Agents allegedly found Patton in
possession of ecstasy pills and powder. They also reportedly found Viagra pills in
Patton’s possession, but the artist did not have a prescription
for this prescription medication. In addition, drug paraphernalia was
found with marijuana residue on it.
The cruise ship was reported by some news outlets to be the Carnival Valor,
but that was not confirmed by Carnival Cruise Lines. The 36-year-old artist
was booked into jail following his arrest. He was later released after
he posted the $16,000 bond. The musician is now facing charges of drug
possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to USA Today, Patton’s defense attorney says that he believes
his client will eventually be exonerated. He says that a small amount
of drugs and drug paraphernalia was found in the collective luggage of
Patton and his group of friends, but that the charges against his client
will eventually be dismissed.
Big Boi is a member of the Grammy-winning group, OutKast, along with Andre
3000. Andre 3000 created the hit song “Hey Ya!” which was
released as a single and included on OutKast’s 2003 double album
Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.