Jermaine Dupri Pulled Over on South Beach, Searched For Drugs

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Jermaine Dupri was cruising South Beach with his boys when cops noticed the black Lincoln Navigator's tint was so dark that they couldn't identify the race, sex, or number of passengers inside the SUV. Police pulled over the party to see who was headed north on Washington Avenue at 3:24 a.m. and what they had to hide.

Two officers noticed a "strong odor of marijuana emanating from within the vehicle." There was no weed present, however. Still, they called in backup. Dupri tweeted: "Somebody pls call TMZ. Five police cars just pulled us over cause [names] got the car smelling like snoop dogg. oh shit!... lol this is a movie."

Befuddled at the lack of drugs in the Lincoln, the cops patted down the Grammy winner and his three friends until they found something of note. Their big score? A single Xanax on Mauricio Bustos, a DJ from South Florida who happens to be playing at Wall Miami tonight.

Cops then called in a drug dog to search the vehicle for more contraband, while Bustos explained that he had a prescription for the pill at home. One of the buddies went and fetched the script from Busto's pad on Alton Road. When the cops saw it was legit, they were forced to take Bustos out of handcuffs and send everyone home.

Is it racial profiling to pull over a car because you can't see "the race, the sex, and the quantity of passengers in the vehicle"? Or is it the opposite of racial profiling to pull over a car full of people without knowing their race? The police report notes that the rear passenger windows only allowed 11 percent of light to pass through, but that wouldn't affect the ability of the driver to see. Safety was not the issue, then, and the driver wasn't violating any traffic laws that morning.

Either way, the guys seem to be laughing about it now. "Hey @jermainedupri, top story on @TMZ today??" Bustos tweeted this morning. "Lmao, those handcuffs were kinda tight on me! Anyone got a Xanax?"

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24 comments
kraster
kraster

The police abuse needs to stop. They are stopping people who are just having fun while the criminals are getting away. Happy Holidays! Everybody should enjoy the good things. http://po.st/W6t4qO

Shawn Leidenfrost
Shawn Leidenfrost

Having illegal tints is asking to be pulled over. Smoking weed in public is asking to be searched. At least he was smart enough not to be arrested.

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

They made a big deal out of this. Even if you take the fact out of it that the windows were tented they still were profiled against if you ask me. I don't think this would have happened if it would have been Taylor Swift, or Justin Timberlake. If they car was pulled over it probably would have been different if Taylor mom had one pill. What kills me is when people think blacks or many other minorities play race cards. This is life and trust me it happens. It's a privilege to be white in America. But of course our nation is 100% equal, and fair, and those damn blacks just scream racism and play race cards to get their way. The police never pulled anybody over for being black and our courts are the most fair they can be.



James G. Camp
James G. Camp

If the tinting is an issue according to state laws, then don't be surprised if you get pulled over. If the car smells like weed, that gives the police more latitude to bring in a dog to sniff. The Rx ? Imagine anyone not abusing a Rx drug. Out at 3:30 AM, well maybe alcohol is involved ? If they couldn't make out who the occupants were in the car, maybe it's not racist ? I guess they could always run the plates to find out who the vehicle is registered to ?

MiamiBeachCrack
MiamiBeachCrack

Is that drug dog allowed in the station where the lockers are?  I bet not.  

James Kelley
James Kelley

Compared to recent history of MB police department he is lucky he was not shot! jimk

Michael Kellett
Michael Kellett

Who this dupree fella and why should I give a fuck that he had a xanax?

Mrinvestor2u
Mrinvestor2u

Normally they would have been shot to death for using their car as a weapon. Jermaine is lucky to be alive.

tbak105secure
tbak105secure

I don't like cops but it sounds more like they were pulled over for the tint.  One of the top reasons in Dade Co. to get pulled over.  Making a race issue out of it is b.s

Czr Palace
Czr Palace

MBPD kills and beats people for no reason lived there for 25 years saw it everyday MB Pigs!!

Thomas Chamberlain
Thomas Chamberlain

I don't have much weight in this argument being a white guy but this does seem a bit racist. Pulling someone over because you can't see their race?

Alex Wall
Alex Wall

aww, give the lil guy a break ;)

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