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Chumlee, of Pawn Stars Fame, Arrested on Gun and Drug Charges

Chumlee Booking Photo

Pawn Stars’s Chumlee was arrested Wednesday for drug and weapon possession, according to reports. Las Vegas authorities had gone to the reality star’s residence earlier in the day to implement a search warrant for an ongoing sex-assault investigation. While there, they found several illicit items, including methamphetamine, marijuana, and at least one gun. KTNV’s Action News notes that Chumlee (a.k.a. Austin Lee Russell), 33, hasn’t been charged with assault. But the Sun reports he now faces 19 charges for drug possession and one for the gun. He was booked at Clark County Detention Center, with bail set at $62,000. Chumlee is a fan favorite on the PS series, as the comical employee and family friend of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop squad. “We don’t have details yet,” his co-star Rick Harrison told the Sun, “but are here to help Chumlee however we can.”

Update: According to Chumlee’s arrest report, police discovered 12 guns — including handguns, revolvers, rifles, and shotguns — some of which were loaded, at his residence. Four of the guns were registered under Chumlee’s legal name. They also seized marijuana, methamphetamine, drug pipes, and other paraphernalia, as well as a “clear plastic baggie with white residue” and a “$1 bill rolled up with white powdery residue,” all found in a vault in the reality star’s “Chum Chum” room, which apparently has a stripper pole. Police say the seized items are “commonly found with persons who package and sell controlled substances.” Russell reportedly told police during the search that he doesn’t sell drugs.

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