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Reality Star ‘Mama June’ Shannon’s Drug Arrest Followed Night Out At Casino With Boyfriend, Authorities Say
“Mama June” Shannon was “cordial” and “nice” after she and her boyfriend were arrested on drug charges following a domestic dispute last week, according to the Macon County sheriff.
One week after reality TV star “Mama June” Shannon was arrested on drug charges, details regarding her arrest, including her booking photo, have been made public.
Shannon and her boyfriend Eugene “Geno” Doak were both arrested on March 13 on felony possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia charges after authorities in Alabama responded to a call about a domestic dispute at a gas station. Doak was also taken in on domestic violence and harassment charges, and sheriff's deputies found drug paraphernalia in Shannon’s car, as well as a white powder that Shannon allegedly admitted was crack cocaine, according to TMZ.
Neither Shannon, who rose to fame when she and her daughter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson were featured on TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras,” nor Doak have commented publicly on their arrests, but new details have been released about the incident.
The couple had been returning from a night out at a casino when they got into a domestic dispute on the highway, Macon County Sheriff Andre Brunson said during a press conference, according to WSFA 12, an NBC affiliate in based in Montgomery, Alabama. After responding to the call, deputies noticed drug paraphernalia on the floor of the vehicle’s front seat, and asked the couple to get out of the car, at which point they searched the vehicle and found the paraphernalia and drugs. Shannon ultimately volunteered and “took responsibility” for everything found in the car, which included a needle and a pipe, because the vehicle belongs to her, he said.
Shannon was “cordial” during her arrest, Brunson said, going on to describe her as “nice and funny.” He added that neither party seemed injured when taken into custody, and they were “acting so loving” once they were with police but did “have a domestic” prior to their arrest.
“We didn’t have any problem with either one,” he said, adding that they were arrested without incident. Shannon was released on bond the same day of her arrest while Doak had to wait 24 hours before being released, in accordance with how all domestic violence arrests are handled.
Brunson also confirmed that neither party received special treatment from deputies, and shared that he had not actually heard of “Mama June” until the phone calls from media outlets started rolling in.
“We followed our rules and our guidelines, and they were treated the same as anybody else when they come to the Macon county jail,” he said.
Shannon’s booking photo has also been made public, and shows the reality TV star looking off camera.
“Mama June” became a pop culture personality when she and her family were given their own TV show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." The TLC series lasted for four seasons before it was canceled in 2014 amid rumors that Shannon had begun dating a convicted child molester who served more than 12 years in prison for abusing one of her daughters when she was 8 years old.