KINGSPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- Rapper Birdman was among 16 people arrested on marijuana charges during a traffic stop in Kingsport.
Birdman, whose real name is Bryan Williams, faces charges of possession of over 1/2 ounce of marijuana.
Police told the Kingsport Times-News that handguns and other weapons were seized during the stop last evening.
The arrests came on Interstate 81 after the group's rented RV was pulled over for an improper lane change.
Police said they could smell marijuana from inside the RV and located about a pound of the weed in a trashcan in the RV's kitchenette after obtaining consent to search the vehicle.
Group members said they were headed from New Orleans to New York for a BET shoot.
The 38-year-old Williams lives in Miami.
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