Chumlee of Pawn Stars fame may have been living a double life that few people actually knew about. On March 9, the reality star was taken into custody after police found drugs and weapons inside his Las Vegas-area home. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, police had entered the home after obtaining a search warrant following a sexual assault claim made by an unidentified woman. The woman is thought to be (or have been) an employee at Rick Harrison’s Gold And Silver Pawn Shop where Chumlee works as an appraiser (and where Pawn Stars is filmed).
“Police said 12 guns were seized, ranging from handguns to a shotgun and assault-style MP5 and.223-caliber rifles. Four of the handguns were registered to Russell, the report said. Most of the weapons were found in a bedroom vault safe, along with 17 multi-dose ‘bars’ of the anxiety drug Xanax and seven capsules containing small amounts of methamphetamine, police said. One loaded .45-caliber handgun was found in a master bedroom nightstand drawer,” according to the Associated Press.
Chumlee (real name Austin Lee Russell) is facing 20 drug and weapon-related felony charges. He is due in court on May 23, where he will find out what consequences he will face if he is convicted.
According to the Morning Ledger, it does sound as though the pawn shop appraiser has been living a double life.
“Before his arrest he was also selling some sneakers in his collection on eBay – in fact, he even tweeted about it. Chumlee was known to be an avid ‘sneakerhead’ with an extensive and expensive collection of shoes. It has been reported by publications that money from sales could have been used for drug money.”
While Chumlee seemed to have a good life with his reality television fame and what-not, it does appear as though he had been involved in “some business” based on the police report. According to USA Today, authorities said that what they found in Chumlee’s home was similar to what they’d see from a drug dealer.
“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.”
Chumlee was released from jail on $62,000 bail. He has stayed quiet since his arrest and has not posted on any of his social media accounts in several weeks.
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As far as Chumlee’s fate on reality television goes, The History Channel has not made any comments about the case. It is presumed that if Chumlee is convicted, he will no longer be on Pawn Stars. It is unclear, however, whether or not the network will cancel the show altogether. Fans are eagerly awaiting the results of this case and have been dying to know what is going to happen to the show, which has been on the air for 12 seasons now. Chumlee has been a part of the show since the very beginning.
Are you a Pawn Stars fan? Were you surprised to hear about Chumlee’s arrest?
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