St. Lunatics leader Nelly has come forward to speak out on being arrested last weekend in Tennessee on drug and gun possession charges.

According to Nelly, he blames himself for not fully knowing everyone aboard his tour bus.

Nelly tells TMZ … “I feel the need to take responsibility for my choices in needing to be more aware of all the people I associate with and allow onto my property.” He adds, “While my instinct of course, is to be accessible to my friends, fans and acquaintances, the last thing I would want to do is compromise the respect and admiration of my friends, family and fans.” (TMZ)

Check out the details behind Nelly’s arrest on the next page…

The drug bust went down Saturday (April 11).

Rapper and reality TV star Nelly is facing felony drug charges after being arrested in Tennessee on Saturday. Tennessee Highway Patrol said in a news release that Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes, was pulled over about 9:20 a.m. because the bus he was riding in failed to display a U.S. Department of Transportation and International Fuel Tax Association sticker. (NBC News)

Police found multiple drugs and handguns on Nelly’s tour bus during their investigation.

Trooper Loftis, assisted by THP Sgt. Donald Jennings, then conducted a probable cause search of the bus. The troopers discovered in the sleeper area a plastic bag that contained five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. Further investigation revealed approximately 100 small Ziploc bags that are commonly associated with the sale of narcotics and numerous handguns, including a gold-plated 50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a 45-caliber Tarus pistol, and a 500 magnum Smith and Wesson. (Times Free Press)

Along with Nelly, police arrested a 44-year-old affiliate for gun possession.

Five other people were on the bus besides Nelly, including Brian Jones, 44, of St. Louis, Missouri. Jones is a convicted felon and was in possession of a handgun; he was charged accordingly. Nelly and Jones were transported to the Putnam County jail. The weapons and drugs were seized in accordance with state law. (WBIR)