2 Chainz Arrested Following 8-Hour Tour Bus Standoff
Update (8/22, 4:08 p.m. ET): Oklahoma City Police Department Sergeant Jennifer Wardlow sent out a statement regarding reports of narcotics being found on 2 Chainz’s bus. “After speaking with investigators I learned that some narcotics were found. An investigation will be conducted to try to determine ownership. Charges could be filed at a later date,” she said.
In the early hours of this morning (Aug. 22), a tour bus was pulled over on I-40 and Meridian in Oklahoma City, Okla. for a broken taillight. 2 Chainz and 10 associates were on board and refused to open the doors to the authorities, who suspected drug usage on the bus. After a standoff lasting approximately eight hours, 2 Chainz and co. were arrested for Obstruction of a Public Officer.
“We stopped the bus about midnight and it was near I-40 and Meridian,” Oklahoma City Police Department Sergeant Jennifer Wardlow told Radio.com while the investigation was still underway. “The reason for traffic stop was it looks like there was a broken taillight. When officers went up to bus and made contact with the driver, there was evidence of drug usage going on the bus. We’re not getting into specifics of what it was, but it was apparent to the officers that there was drug use going on the bus. The driver was taken into custody without any problem. When he got out and shut the door, it locked so the officers couldn’t get into the tour bus.
“The decision was made to tow the bus to our police training facility and obtain a warrant. It was about 8 a.m. Oklahoma time when they were able to get a warrant, and it was at that time that all the people who were on the bus came off.”
Last night (Aug. 21), 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, T.I. and Future performed at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Center as part of their America’s Most Wanted Tour. Wayne, T.I. and Future were not charged, nor aboard 2 Chainz’s bus at the time of the standoff.
While the investigation is still ongoing, Wardlow said that everyone on the bus was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail for Obstruction of Public Officer. The officers have identified each individual on the bus. Complete list below.
Tauhed Epps (2 Chainz)
This isn’t the first time 2 Chainz has been arrested. In June, he was taken into custody at the Los Angeles International Airport for possession of marijuana and promethazine.