Update, 9:00 a.m.: We spoke with Jay E, producer of almost every song on Country Grammar and frequent Nelly collaborator. While he certainly isn't about to condone anyone's actions here, he is urging restraint. After all, none of us were there. He posted the following on his personal Facebook page yesterday afternoon and agreed to let us reprint it here: "For the people emailing, texting, and what nots about what info they got today. Please read... Maybe even read this twice...
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. - Matthew 7:1"
Update, 10/12: Nelly speaks: Via Twitter, obviously, since this is 2012. His take on his bodyguard's illegal substances, below.
Update, 3:15 p.m.: We've got calls and messages out to several people close to Nelly. So far there's been no response, but we'll let you know once we have something.
Update: We've got a statement from the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office -- it's below.
Nelly took his tour bus through Sierra Blanca, Texas last night. Probably a nice little town to make a stop unless you are carrying a shitload of contraband. Which, as it turns out, Nelly's bus was: Specifically, 36 bags of heroin, ten pounds of weed and a loaded .45 caliber pistol.
I'm not gone front I'm MAD as Hell about this sh#t!!2have some1 who works 4u n who u call a friend 4 ova 10years jeopardize ur life WTF?— Nelly_Mo(@Nelly_Mo) October 12, 2012
That being said he was not only an employee but he was fam some1 who protected my life 4many years!No excuses for wad he did!!!!— Nelly_Mo(@Nelly_Mo) October 12, 2012
My heart goes out to his fam and is kids!!!!— Nelly_Mo(@Nelly_Mo) October 12, 2012
Special Invite 2all Libra's to come out !!!— Nelly_Mo(@Nelly_Mo) October 12, 2012
Sierra Blanca is a town with a population somewhere around 500, and really, tour buses of any kind should probably just stop driving through it. It's the place where just a couple weeks ago, Fiona Apple was busted for weed possession. Before that? Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Armie Hammer. All in Sierra Blanca. That pretty much qualifies as a pattern.
Meanwhile, one of the people traveling with Nelly -- Brian Keith Jones -- has claimed responsibility for all the...luggage found on Nelly's tour bus. He has been arrested and everyone else was released. Again, more as we know it.
The statement from the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office is on the next page.
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