Country music sensation Darius Rucker found himself facing misdemeanor drug charges and was subsequently arrested on Thursday (Feb. 1) in Williamson County, Tennessee.
As per a spokesperson from the sheriff’s office, Darius Rucker faced charges of simple possession, casual exchange, and violation of registration law. He was granted release after only an hour in police custody and posting a $10,500 bond.
Read more on the charges Rucker faced.
After the news initially broke, Rucker’s team released a short statement:
“Darius Rucker is fully cooperating with authorities related to misdemeanor charges,” Mark Puryear of Puryear, Newman & Morton stated.
Affidavit Ties Darius Rucker’s Drug Charges To A Traffic Stop Last Year.
Rucker is currently dealing with misdemeanor drug charges stemming from a traffic stop in Williamson County that took place back in February of 2023.
According to the affidavit, Darius Rucker was initially pulled over in Franklin on February 19, 2023, for an expired license plate.
The officer detected a marijuana smell in the vehicle, and Rucker admitted to smoking previously. When asked about the last time he smoked in the vehicle, Rucker responded, “Probably yesterday.”
Discovery During Search
A subsequent search uncovered a clear baggie with 14 unstamped purple pills and a suspected THC pen. Rucker claimed his girlfriend gave him the items, and he was unaware of the purple pills’ nature.
The pills were sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) for testing, revealing them to be Psilocyn. Psilocyn is commonly found in psychedelic mushrooms, often alongside its phosphorylated counterpart psilocin.
According to the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, synthetic psilocybin appears as a “white crystalline powder that can be processed into tablets or capsules or dissolved in water.”
The affidavit notes that the officer informed Rucker of a pat-down, prompting Rucker to voluntarily hand over a small marijuana blunt from his pocket. When asked if it was pure marijuana, Rucker confirmed.
Rucker was released at the scene, following routine procedures for such offenses, as stated by the Franklin Police Department.
Surprisingly, the charges against Rucker were not filed until December 11, 2023, almost a year after the initial traffic stop.
The Franklin Police Department attributed the delay to pending drug test results.
Upon identification, Rucker was charged with simple possession, casual exchange, and violation of registration law. According to the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, he voluntarily turned himself in on Thursday and was subsequently released on a $10,500 bond.
Rucker’s court date is scheduled for April 11.