Police in North Carolina have reported that three men were charged with drug possession after a tour bus being used by the hip-hop group Migos was stopped on Highway 105 on the evening of April 12. According to a press release from the Boone Police Department, the tour bus was pulled over after officers assigned to provide security for the band detected the odor of marijuana as the vehicle left the George M. Holmes Convocation Center. The group performed at Appalachian State University to promote their third studio album “Culture II”. None of the men charged were members of the group.

Reports suggest that a probable cause search of the tour bus led to the discovery of significant quantities of illegal drugs. Police claim to have recovered almost a pound of marijuana along with 26 ounces of codeine and quantities of the prescription drug Xanax. The amount of marijuana allegedly seized is sufficient to warrant felony drug charges in North Carolina.

A 26-year-old Snellville man was taken into custody at the scene in connection with the drug haul. He has been charged with both misdemeanor and felony drug possession. A 25-year-old Ohio man and a 26-year-old Georgia man were cited for simple drug possession. The man taken into custody is scheduled to appear in Watauga County District Court on May 29. His bond has been set at $5,000 according to reports.

The Fourth Amendment provides strict protections against unreasonable search and seizure, but police officers may still conduct warrantless searches of both vehicles and individuals if they have good reason to believe that evidence of criminal activity is being concealed. Experienced criminal defense attorneys may remind their clients of this and encourage them to avoid behavior that could lead to closer scrutiny from law enforcement.

Source: The Gwinnett Daily Post, “3 charged as police seize 420 grams of marijuana from Migos tour bus”, Trevor McNaboe, April 16, 2018