Update: Some measured words from Jay E, the producer of Country Grammar and frequent Nelly collaborator.
Yesterday, news broke that Nelly's tour bus was stopped at a Texas border patrol checkpoint and cops found an obscene amount of drugs onboard.
One person -- Brian Keith Jones -- took the fall, claiming all ten pounds of weed, the 36 baggies of heroin, and a loaded .45 pistol were his. Jones was arrested and carted off to jail.
Nelly and his management remained mum on the incident until late yesterday afternoon, when the rapper broke the silence in the media and on Twitter.
Here's what Nelly told TMZ:
"It is my understanding a member of my staff made an unfortunate decision to bring unlawful materials onto our tour bus that resulted in his arrest this morning."
"Neither I nor anyone else on the tour bus was aware of his decision to bring these on board. Law enforcement officials did not press charges against anyone other than that individual."
So, it appears Nelly's pleading ignorance. To recap, there were ten pounds of vacuum-sealed marijuana in a duffle bag in the bus's undercarriage compartment, and the heroin and gun were found in the bus's main cabin in a cardboard box.
Nelly was far more candid about the matter on Twitter.
I'm not gone front I'm MAD as Hell about this sh#t!!2have some1 who works 4u n who u call a friend 4 ova 10years jeopardize ur life WTF?— Nelly_Mo(@Nelly_Mo) October 12, 2012
That being said he was not only an employee but he was fam some1 who protected my life 4many years!No excuses for wad he did!!!!— Nelly_Mo(@Nelly_Mo) October 12, 2012
My heart goes out to his fam and is kids!!!!— Nelly_Mo(@Nelly_Mo) October 12, 2012
This all seems to affirm that Jones is Nelly's long-time bodyguard. This isn't the first time Jones has gotten his boss in trouble. In 2005, a Connecticut photographer claimed Jones beat the shit out of him at a concert after accusing the photog of illegally videotaping the performance. Rather than admit any wrongdoing, Nelly shelled out a $20,000 settlement in 2006.
There's surely more to come on this. Stay tuned.
Update: Our most excellent friends over on the music blog shared this exchange --
Update, 9:00 a.m.: We spoke with Jay E, producer of almost every song on Country Grammar and frequent Nelly collaborator. While he certainly isn't about to condone anyone's actions here, he is urging restraint. After all, none of us were there. He posted the following on his personal Facebook page yesterday afternoon and agreed to let us reprint it here: "For the people emailing, texting, and what nots about what info they got today. Please read... Maybe even read this twice... Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. - Matthew 7:1"