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Ty Dolla $ign indicted on drug charges in Georgia

California music fans may be interested to learn that Ty Dolla $ign has been indicted on drug charges in Georgia. The singer-rapper, who was born Tyrone William Griffin Jr., is facing charges of felony possession of cocaine and felony possession of THC. He is also facing a misdemeanor charge of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

According to media reports, Griffin was taken into custody after he went to Atlanta to perform a concert. The arrest was recorded by an officer's body cam and posted online. In the video, officers are seen ordering Griffin, fellow musician Skrillex and others from their tour van while K-9 officers barked. The officers and dogs then searched the vehicle and discovered a Backwoods Cigar pouch in Griffin's backpack. The bag allegedly contained drugs. Officers claimed they smelled marijuana coming from the van and asked if anyone had been smoking it. Griffin replied that he had smoked some "earlier." He was then placed in handcuffs and led to a police cruiser.

Griffin was initially released without charges. However, an indictment was handed down in December. Under Georgia's strict drug laws, he could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. While he has not made any public comments regarding his arrest, his fans have taken to social media to demand that the charges be dropped.

Individuals arrested for alleged drug crimes may benefit from exercising their right to remain silent and contacting a criminal defense lawyer as quickly as possible. A lawyer might review the arrest record to see if police violated a defendant's rights during search and seizure. If they did, the charges may be dropped. If the evidence is solid, legal counsel might work to negotiate a plea deal that reduces the charges.

Source: Pop Culture, "Singer Ty Dolla $ign Indicted on Cocaine Possession Charges," Michael Hein, Dec. 10, 2018

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