Snoop Dogg Still Having Overseas Troubles
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Oh, Snoop Dogg.
He had his mind on his money and his money on his mind – and so too did Italian authorities, it seems.
The legendary rap artist was stopped at Lamezia Terme Airport in Calabria, Italy on Saturday for carrying $422,000 in cash in U.S. currency – way, way, way more than European Union laws allow for passengers traveling through the country. This came a week after Snoop was arrested in Sweden for driving under the influence of narcotics.
The most a traveler can have on his person is 10,000 euros, or a little more than $11,000 in cash in U.S. currency. Snoop was in the country to give a performance on Saturday night and landed at the airport in his private jet.
The 43-year-old told police the excess cash was to pay his band for concerts in Italy and elsewhere as he travels through Europe, CNN reported. He was scheduled to perform in England on Sunday.
The rules on limited cash – if you can call 11-grand limited – is to prevent money laundering in Europe. As a result, Italian authorities seized more than $205,000 of the cash.
"We clarified everything from a legal point of view," Snoop's lawyer, Andrea Parisi, said in a statement. "The money came from concerts he had performed around Europe. There was no crime; it was just an administrative infraction."
Snoop Dogg, aka Calvin Broadus, is eligible to get back the money that was seized once authorities complete an investigation, less any fines.
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