The Arrest of Chumlee Of ‘Pawn Stars:’ Was He Dealing Drugs?

When police raided the home of Chumlee of Pawn Stars fame, it was for sexual assault charges. We haven’t heard of any evidence to support that charge, but other items were found in Chumlee’s home that present the possibility that he was dealing drugs. Quite a laundry list of items. TMZ posted the “Continuation Report” filed by police. It includes a list of everything confiscated from Chumlee’s home. Among the items on that report are:

  • 2 digital scales
  • Multiple clear plastic baggies
  • Clear plastic baggie with white residue
  • Rolled up $1 bill with white residue
  • Camo baggie with 6.9 grams ODV and marijuana
  • Orange marijuana smoking pipe
  • THC oil residue in glass container
  • Blue THC oil pipe
  • Narcotics kit
  • .4 grams ODV + marijuana
  • Clear plastic baggie with white residue
  • Rolling papers
  • Clear jar with 8.2 grams ODV + marijuana
  • Clear jar with 2.8 grams ODV + marijuana
  • Gallon Ziploc bag with 116 grams ODV + marijuana
  • Sandwich Ziploc bag with 4.4 grams ODV + marijuana
  • 7 clear capsules with 1.7 grams of methamphetamine powder
  • 7 white Xanax “Zanie” bars
  • 10 yellow Xanax “Zanie” bars
  • 1 hit snorting device
  • 12 clear plastic baggies

In addition, police found a magazine with.45 caliber ammo, four handguns, five rifles, a shotgun, and a revolver in Chumlee’s home. Of these weapons, only four were registered to Chumlee.

The report on the evidence obtained at Chumlee’s home also included the following comments.

“It should also be noted that the amount of narcotics, narcotics paraphernalia and narcotics-related items found throughout the residence suggests (Russell) openly allows and participates in the unlawful use and possession of narcotics. Many of these items are commonly found with persons who package and sell controlled substances, i.e., plastic baggies and digital scales.”

When reports of the findings in Chumlee’s home were leaked, his attorneys issued the following statement to TMZ.

“We will be analyzing what was allegedly found and whether the alleged seizure was lawful in a courtroom, not in the media. Austin (Chumlee’s real name) has great faith in the judicial system, as do we, and looks forward to a just resolution of this matter.”

As reported by Starcasm, the large number of drugs, drug paraphernalia, and weapons found in Chumlee’s home is consistent with what would be expected at a drug dealer’s home. Chumlee told police that he doesn’t deal, but that he smokes a lot of marijuana and buys in bulk.

Chumlee is loved by many for the personality that comes across in Pawn Stars. He doesn’t always seem very knowledgeable about items that come into the shop but he’s sweet and funny. Chumlee had recently been in the news for losing nearly 200 pounds and beginning a career as a DJ. Life seemed to be pretty good for Chumlee. These signs of a double life at the least, or drug dealing and sexual assault at the worst could change that upward direction of Chumlee’s life.

Police initially entered Chumlee’s home to investigate on charges of sexual assault that were filed by an unidentified woman.

Chumlee is currently out on a $62,000 bond. He is due to appear in court on May 27. Neither Pawn Stars nor The History Channel, the network on which the show airs, have commented on the charges or the investigation.

Chumlee’s real name is Austin Lee Russell. He’s 33-years-old and lives in Las Vegas. Chumlee has worked at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, the pawn shop shown on the reality TV show Pawn Stars, since 2004, five years before the show went on the air. His expertise includes video games, sneakers and pinball machines. Chumlee personally owns over 200 pairs of sneakers.

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