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Suge Knight appears in a booking photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on the day of his arrest on Feb. 8, 2012. / Suge Knight appears in a photo posted on his Twitter page. - Provided courtesy of OTRC / Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department / twitter.com/sugeknight

Suge Knight arrested in Las Vegas for possession of marijuana - see mug shot

02/09/2012 by Corinne Heller

Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was recently arrested in Las Vegas and charged with possession of a "controlled non-medical substance."

Police said officers pulled over the 46-year-old, who was driving a black Bentley with California license plates, in the city on Wednesday afternoon after he made an unsafe lane change, OnTheRedCarpet.com has learned.

They discovered Knight had three outstanding warrants and found him to be in possession of less than an ounce of "a controlled non-medical substance," which CNN reported to be marijuana. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has not confirmed this. Knight was taken into custody and released without bail because his charges were considered minor.

In Nevada, possession of one ounce of marijuana or less for medicinal use is legal. If a person cannot prove a doctor prescribed it, they could face fines or even jail time, which could be given if they have been charged with a similar offense twice before.

In California, a person is legally allowed to possess up to eight ounces of marijuana if they can prove it is for medicinal use, and could face jail time if they cannot and are facing a second charge.

Knight is the former CEO of Death Row Records and has helped launch the careers of rappers Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Knight has produced albums such as Dre Dre's 1992 debut solo record "The Chronic," a slang term for marijuana.

Knight is on unsupervised probation for driving on a suspended license. In December 2010, he was arrested on an outstanding minor traffic warrant as he left a restaurant near Universal Studios outside Los Angeles. In August 2008, Knight was detained and accused of beating his girlfriend and possessing illegal narcotics. The case was dismissed.

He was also jailed in 2003 for several months for violating parole by punching a parking valet at a nightclub in Hollywood. He has served time in prison for violating probation on assault charges stemming from a fight at a Las Vegas hotel in 1996. Hours after the fight, Shakur was shot and later died.

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