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Rick Ross arrested for pot possession

Hip Hop artist Rick Ross appears at the 6th Annual BMI Urban Awards, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006, at Roseland in New York. This awards show presented by U.S. performing rights organization BMI, honors the songwriters and publishers of the most performed urban songs on U.S. radio and television for the past 12 months.(AP Photo/Stephen Chernin) AP

This booking photo provided by the Shreveport, La. Police Department shows rapper Rick Ross. Authorities said Ross, whose real name is William Roberts II, was arrested Friday, March 25, 2011 in Shreveport, La., on a charge of first-time possession of marijuana after police responded to a complaint about the smell of marijuana coming from a hotel room. He was issued a misdemeanor summons and released after Friday night�s arrest. (AP Photo/Shreveport Police Department)
Rick Ross was arrested Friday, March 25, 2011 in Shreveport, La.
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(CBS/AP) SHREVEPORT, La. - Rapper Rick Ross was a correctional officer before he hit it big in hip-hop. Now Ross is on the other side of the law after being arrested for marijuana possession in Louisiana.

Police spokesman Bill Goodin said Monday that Ross, whose real name is William Roberts II, was issued a misdemeanor summons and released after Friday night's arrest.

Roberts, known for such albums as "Teflon Don" and "Deeper Than Rap," was arrested after police responded to a complaint about the smell of marijuana at the Hilton Hotel.

Upon checking, Goodin said police confiscated 1 gram of what investigators believed to be marijuana.

Louisiana has some of the harshest marijuana laws in the nation, and the hip-hop star could face up to six months in prison.

An official with the rapper's record label did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

  • Bailey Johnson

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