Snoop Dogg was booked today (Nov. 6) on one felony count of possession of a deadly weapon, after police found a 21 inch collapsible baton in the rapper’s laptop bag in September.
Snoop Dogg, 35, turned himself in to authorities at the Orange County Jail to answer the charges, which stem from a September 27 incident at John Wayne International Airport.
The rapper was attempting to pass through a security checkpoint when the baton was discovered.
Snoop Dogg, who was en route to San Francisco, told police that the baton was a prop for a movie.
Snoop is expected to post $150,000 bail. The charges carry a maximum sentence of three years in prison.
Snoop must also appear in court December 12 to answer charges of illegal drug and gun possession, after he was arrested in a separate incident on Oct. 26 at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.
In that incident, police stopped the rapper at a loading zone for an undisclosed traffic violation.
Officers searching the rapper’s vehicle found a gun and small amount of marijuana.
In related news, London’s daily the Mirror reported that the rapper almost had an encounter with the Prince of Denmark during a VIP reception after the MTV Europe Awards.
Snoop Dogg and Prince Frederik were at the Oil Restaurant and Bar when the rapper asked them to clear out the VIP area so more women could be allowed in.
“It was all about to kick off with both camps squaring up to each other and Prince Frederik looking on in horror,” a source told the Mirror. “But then a member of staff had a word to Snoop’s people and they realized the gravity of the situation. Snoop went over to apologize and things were eventually smoothed over.”
Snoop’s newest album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment hits stores November 21.