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Rapper Warren G is arrested on pot charge

June 09, 2008|Ari B. Bloomekatz | Times Staff Writer

Rapper Warren G, whose hits include "Regulate" and a hip-hop remake of "I Shot the Sheriff," was arrested in Hollywood on Sunday on suspicion of possession of marijuana with intent to sell, police said.

Warren G, whose real name is Warren Griffin III, was riding in a car driven by Ryan Butler, 29, when they were pulled over about 1:40 a.m. on suspicion of running a red light near Hollywood Boulevard and Wilcox Avenue, said Los Angeles Police Officer Sara Faden.

She said officers searched the car and found enough marijuana to arrest them for possession with intent to sell. She said she did not know the exact amount seized.

Griffin and Butler each posted $20,000 bail; they were released Sunday morning.

Griffin, 35, grew up in Long Beach and is known for helping popularize G-funk rap, a West Coast-branded style of hip-hop that emerged in the early 1990s.

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ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com

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