Rapper and reality show mainstay Flavor Flav was stopped for speeding and arrested for felony aggravated unlicensed operation and traffic violations in Valley Stream, N.Y., Thursday morning. A small amount of marijuana was found in his possession, police said. He was later released to attend his mother’s funeral.Flavor Flav, 54 (born William Drayton), was found to have 16 suspensions on his driver’s license, the New York State Police said in a press release.Police say he was driving his black Hyundai at 79 mph in a 55-mph zone.His mother, Anna Drayton, died on New Year’s Eve, the rapper said in a tweet.Flavor Flav came to fame as a member of the hip-hop group Public Enemy, and famously wore a large clock around his neck. He later released solo music and appeared on a number of reality shows. On “The Surreal Life,” he met and began dating actress Brigitte Nielsen, and the two later had their own show, “Strange Love.” After the couple broke up, he appeared on his own show, “Flavor of Love,” on which he attempted to find a wife.Flavor Flav has been arrested for marijuana before, including a 1996 incident where he was arrested while riding a bike in the South Bronx with two pounds of marijuana stuffed in his pockets.
Rapper 2 Chainz has been arrested on drug charges in Maryland where he was performing at a college homecoming event.
Maryland State Police spokesman Sgt. Marc Black said troopers stopped a van Thursday night about 9:15 p.m. for speeding near Easton, Md., and smelled a strong odor of burnt marijuana in the van. A backpack in the van had a marijuana grinder and trace amounts of marijuana, police said.
The rapper, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, claimed possession of the backpack and was arrested, police said. Epps was cited for having drug paraphernalia and marijuana and was released. The citation carries up to a year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.