Pawn Stars' 'Chumlee' Jailed on Drug, Weapon Charges

Austin Lee Russell jailed after officers allegedly found meth, pot, gun
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 10, 2016 10:01 AM CST
This Clark County Detention Center photo, provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, shows Austin Lee Russell, 33, of Las Vegas, on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – The man known to millions of cable TV viewers as Chumlee on the reality show Pawn Stars was being held late Wednesday in a Las Vegas jail following his arrest on felony weapon and drug charges, the AP reports. Austin Lee Russell, 33, was taken into custody when officers serving a search warrant in a sexual assault investigation found methamphetamine, marijuana, and at least one gun at his southwest Las Vegas home, police said in a statement. Russell wasn't booked on a sex-crime allegation. Officer Larry Hadfield, a department spokesman, said that part of the investigation stemmed from a recent complaint by a woman, and it is continuing.

Russell was being held pending an initial court appearance on 19 drug-possession charges and one weapon charge, according to Clark County Detention Center records. His bail was set at $62,000. It wasn't immediately clear if Russell had a lawyer. A man who answered the phone at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on Las Vegas Boulevard said he had no information about the arrest. A follow-up voicemail was not returned. A spokesman for A&E Network and the History Channel declined to comment. (Read more reality TV stories.)

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