Rap legend Suge Knight, who was one of the co-founders behind Death Row Records, was arrested in Las Vegas last weekend for some traffic violations and alleged marijuana possession, according to a report from Reuters.
The former rap mogul was pulled over by police somewhere near the Vegas Strip at 5:30 a.m. last Wednesday morning when police saw him changing lanes and making a turn without using a proper signal, according to a police report.
After his criminal arrest, Knight was jailed for a brief period of time before being released after posting a $2,600 bail. Sources indicate that Knight had three outstanding traffic warrants against him, which is why police brought him into custody after pulling him over.
According to Las Vegas police officer Jay Rivera, one of the outstanding traffic warrants was for driving on a suspended out-of-state license, although sources did not reveal the nature of the other two warrants.
Police claim that the 46-year-old Knight was also in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, which is only a misdemeanor offense in Nevada (in fact, many states only charge a misdemeanor for possession of less than an ounce of pot).
Knight has taken a fall from grace since the height of his fame in the 90s, when he helped performers like Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur rise to unprecedented levels of fame for rap artists.
At the time, Death Row Records was the premiere label for rappers on the West Coast, although the tragic death of Shakur and the lingering conflict between rappers in California and New York helped lead to the record label’s decline.
Knight’s troubles with the law started becoming serious in August 2008, when he was arrested in Las Vegas on drug and assault charges after allegedly punching his girlfriend and threatening her with a knife during an argument outside a local strip club.
In February 2009, the controversial figure got into a fight in a hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, which led to medical treatment for serious facial injuries he suffered during the conflict. And, May 2010, Knight he was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.
The latest arrest does not carry charges as serious as the ones he faced during these previous instances, but Knight seems to be skating on thin ice with police in Western cities.
If he doesn’t clean up his act soon, Knight could be facing serious jail time for his next offense.