The rapper, actor and record producer Snoop Dogg was arrested by Italian authorities at the Lamezia Terme airport with $422,000 in cash stuffed inside of pieces of luggage. The Guardia di Finanza confiscated half of the money based on the money laundering legislation.
The 43-year-old rapper, whose real name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., was on his way to England with the cash in Louis Vuitton luggage, according to an Italian lawyer who represents the entertainer.
The maximum amount of undeclared cash one can take aboard a plane in the European Union is 10,000 euros ($10,986.00 USD). Snoop has been on tour throughout Europe in support of his album Bush which was released earlier this year. He will likely have to pay a fine, according to Andrea Parisi, his Italian lawyer.
The artist, after a concert in Calabria at the Temple of Atlantis in Montepaone Lidosi, travelled immediately to the airport on a private jet to London. During an inspection, agents found money in excess of the amount declared.
“We clarified everything from a legal point of view. The money came from concerts he had performed around Europe. There was no crime; it was just an administrative infraction,” Parisi told Reuters on Saturday. Half of the cash was returned to Snoop Dogg. Half is still being held by Italian authorities until the fine amount is determined. Snoop Dogg has had other issues in Europe on his tour. Last week, Swedish police stopped Snoop Dogg for driving under the influence of drugs. Snoop accused the police of being racist.
The rapper has been a minor advocate of Bitcoin over the years. He tweeted in December 2013 that his next album would be available for bitcoins. While this turned out not to be the case exactly, CCN informed readers where they could buy Snoop Dogg’s album for Bitcoin.
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