Snoop Avoids Prison Time, Pleads No Contest To Weapons Charges


star Snoop Dogg entered into a no contest plea today (Apr. 11) in order to avoid

serving time in prison. The

rapper was officially charged yesterday (Apr. 10) with gun and drug possession

as a result of a run in with police at the Bob Hope Airport in October of 2006.Snoop

was arrested after police noticed his vehicle parked in a passenger pick up zone.

A search of the car yielded a substantial amout of marijuana. The

rapper was accused of transporting marijuana and a search of Snoop Dogg's home

turned up a gun, resulting in the rapper being charged with possession of a firearm.


rapper faced up to four years in prison if the case had gone to trial."Snoop

accepts full responsibility for these matters," said his attorney Donald

Etra in a statement. "He understands that, while he has every reason to seek

security and protection, he cannot have a gun in his own vehicle, and he must

only employ licensed security personnel. By the same token, although Snoop possesses

a medical marijuana certificate, he recognizes, he cannot possess more marijuana

than permitted by that law," explained Etra. Although

he was able to avoid prison time, Snoop will be required to perform 800 hours

of community service and faces five years formal probation. The

judge stated that 400 of those hours could involve Snoop's popular youth football

league. "Snoop

appreciates the courtesy and cooperation extended to him by the Los Angeles District

Attorney's Office, which was very helpful in resolving these matters," Etra

said in a statement. The

no contest plea ends one case, but the rapper still has a court appearance next

month to answer charges stemming from a Sept. incident at John Wayne Airport.


claim the rapper had a collapsible police baton in his laptop bag as he attempted

to pass through a security check point on Sept. 27.A

hearing will be held in May related to those charges.Snoop

Dogg's recent UK tour with Sean "Diddy" Combs was canceled because the

rapper was banned from the country, after a fight erupted at London’s Heathrow

Airport involving Snoop and his entourage and airport security.