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.