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Rapper Ty Dolla $ign indicted over September drug arrest

In early September, rapper-singer Ty Dolla $ign was arrested on drug charges in Georgia. In early December, prosecutors officially indicted him. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Dolla $ign, whose real name is Tyrone William Griffin Jr., was visiting Fulton County to perform a concert in Atlanta. However, his tour van was pulled over by law enforcement officers before he could get to the show. Video of the arrest, which was filmed by an officer's body cam, was posted online shortly after the incident occurred. In the clip, officers are seen ordering Griffin, DJ and producer Skrillex and four other men from the van. Officers and drug dogs then search the vehicle, finding a small pouch of alleged cocaine in Griffin's backpack. An officer also says he smells marijuana and asks if anyone has been smoking it. Griffin admits that he smoked some pot "earlier."

Griffin was initially arrested and released without charges being filed. However, the indictment later charged him with felony possession of cocaine, felony possession of THC and misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. If convicted, state law allows him to be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison. The other five defendants were not arrested or charged. Griffin has not made a public statement about the incident.

Individuals facing drug charges may need the assistance of a criminal defense attorney. The attorney might represent a defendant's interests during all court proceedings and work to get the charges reduced or dismissed. For example, by reviewing the arrest record, legal counsel may discover that a defendant's rights were violated. This might cause the case to be tossed out of court.

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

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