News: UPDATE: Bruno Mars Cocaine Possession Case Develops
Sunday, Oct 3, 2010 11:19AM
Singer/Songwriter Bruno Mars' alleged controlled substance arrest last month has intensified as he has now been officially charged with criminal possession.
Mars now faces up to four years behind bars if convicted.
Mars has been formally charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a spokesperson for the Las Vegas district attorney's office tells EW. Mars is due back in court Nov. 18. If he is convicted, potential punishment for this charge could include one to four years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000 -- but if the singer has no prior convictions, Nevada law dictates that any such sentence would be automatically suspended and he would be put on probation instead. (Entertainment Weekly)
A statement from his label, Elektra Records, has since been released.
"We congratulate Bruno Mars on his chart topping success, and provide him with our full love and support." (Statement)
Details on his arrest hit the Internet in mid-September.
Mars was arrested around 1:50 a.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino -- where he had performed earlier in the night -- for felony possession of 2.6 grams of a "white powdery substance" that tested positive as cocaine. According to the report, a bathroom attendant approached a security officer at the facility to say that there was a man in a bathroom stall who might be using drugs, telling the guard that a male in the bathroom was "taking a really long time." The attendant said he observed the suspect in a striped shirt with a "baggy of white powder substance." The attendant and the security guard approached the suspect as he exited the stall, and the guard ordered Mars to hand over whatever narcotics he had on him. "This is when Hernandez, with his left hand, pulled out a white powder substance, which was consistent with cocaine, from his left-front jeans pocket." (MTV)
Mars' arrest was also previously confirmed by Las Vegas authorities.
Singer and songwriter Bruno Mars was arrested on suspicion of narcotics possession early Sunday morning at the Hard Rock, Las Vegas police confirmed. Sgt. John Sheahan said Mars, whose real name is Peter Hernandez, was arrested at 2:40 a.m. Sheahan said Hard Rock security confronted him in a bathroom and discovered him with narcotics. Sheahan said he did not know Sunday afternoon what drug Mars possessed. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
No further details have been released as of now.
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