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Wiz Khalifa arrested for marijuana possession: Rapper shares his experience with a 'jail selfie'

The rapper was detained for travelling with marijuana

Rapper Wiz Khalifa was arrested yesterday (25 May) for marijuana possession, after security stopped the musician at El Paso airport, Texas.

He was jailed for a few hours, consequently delaying the release of his mixtape, 28 Grams. He was charged with misdemeanour possession of 0.5 grams of pot, according to a statement, and released on a bond of $300 (£178).

Khalifa – who was in El Paso to perform at Neon Desert music festival this weekend – was initially stopped because Transportation Security Administration discovered that he was travelling without identification.

“[This] led to him being sent for secondary screening,” officials explained.

“During that screening, the TSA officer located a metal container inside of the backpack which contained a prohibited item.”

Wiz Khalifa's booking photo for El Paso Police Department

While he was detained, the rapper whiled away the time by tweeting about his experience – in which he managed to see the lighter side of the situation and even sharing a selfie in what appears to be a cell, launching the hashtag #FreeTrapWiz.


Wiz Khalifa's "jail selfie" as he captioned the picture


His next few shows will see him play in Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the UK.