Actor Jason Mitchell was arrested in Mississippi earlier this week after authorities reportedly found guns and drugs in his vehicle during a traffic stop.
Deputies with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office pulled over Mitchell, 33, in Gulfport on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. While performing a search of his SUV, officials say they discovered around two pounds of marijuana broken up into separate packages. Deputies also allegedly found copious amounts of the drug ecstasy — enough for 1,300 doses, the outlet reported.
In addition to the drugs, authorities allegedly found two firearms: an AK-47 and a Glock 9mm pistol with an extended magazine.
Mitchell was taken into custody and released later that day after posting a $150,000 surety bond, according to the Associated Press. The charges he faces include possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and possession of a weapon by a felon, online jail records showed.
Following Mitchell’s arrest, his representative issued a statement to TMZ describing the incident as a “misunderstanding.”
“Jason is at home with his family right now, working on an amazing new project,” that statement reads. “News stories move fast and oftentimes without all of the facts. This misunderstanding will be resolved shortly. We trust that the court systems blind justice will protect Jason's rights and allow him to tell his story.”
When contacted by Oxygen.com, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office declined to comment on the case.
Mitchell rose to fame following his performance as rapper Eazy-E in the “Straight Outta Compton” biopic, but in recent years, his career has been mired in controversy. He was fired from the Showtime series “The Chi” last year amid allegations of misconduct, according to an AP report. Those allegations also led to his removal from the Netflix project “Desperado.”
Following his firing from the show, Mitchell opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about the experience, and argued that the #MeToo movement had been used as a “really, really ugly weapon" in this case.
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