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Paul Wall

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On Friday (Dec 23) entertainers Paul Wall, 35 and Baby Bash, 41 were arrested on felony drugs charges. They along with eight others were taken in for the charge.

Paul Wall whose real name is Paul Michael Slayton, was said to be hosting a toy collection drive at the Paradise Smoke Shop in the Heights neighborhood of Houston at the time of the arrest. He was charged with possession of and manufacturing Tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly known as THC. The smoke shop owner was also arrested.

Slayton has since been let go on a $20k bond.

As reported by ABC 13 News:

Jewelry and grill designer Johnny Dang is a business partner of Paul Wall. They opened a new multi-million dollar jewelry store newsroom in the Galleria-area in October. Dang said Wall has no reason to be involved in the drug trade because he’s a successful rapper and businessman. “I, 100 percent, don’t believe it,” Dang said. “I’ve been knowing Paul Wall for 10 years. We just opened this jewelry store.”

Arnaecia Alridge, Wall’s publicist, said the charges will be withdrawn. “These are all simply misconceptions and we are confident that after the case is fully investigated, he will be exonerated. Things are not what they appear. These are just allegations and he’s innocent until proven guilty,” Aldridge said in a statement.

Jolanda Jones, an attorney representing Wall, said her client doesn’t deserve the charges. “He’s innocent until proven guilty,” Jones said. “That’s why we have constitutional protections.” Jones also issued a statement saying, “It is early in this case. We are confident that after a thorough investigation of these allegations Mr. Slayton will be proven not guilty. I will fight vigorously to defend my client.”

Baby Bash, whose real name is Ronnie Rey Bryant posted to Instagram that it was only weed in possession, contrary to the police report.

Hopefully this mess will clear itself up soon in light of the holiday season.

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