Snoop: Sweden drug search was profiling, I’m not coming back

27 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Snoop Dogg arrested in Sweden on drug suspicions.

The 43-year-old rapper was stopped by police in Uppsala, the fourth largest city of Sweden north of the capital Stockholm, after giving a concert in the area on Saturday night. “Police carrying out roadside controls noticed that Snoop Dogg [whose car was pulled over] seemed to be under the influence of narcotics,” a police spokesman for Sweden’s Uppsala region said, according to Agence France-Presse, as cited by The Guardian. Snoop Dogg has accused Swedish police of racial profiling after he was stopped and briefly detained in the town of Uppsala on suspicion of possessing marijuana. The 43-year-old Snoop Dogg, who was there for a concert, took to Twitter to respond to the incident, vowing never to return to Sweden, and wrote, “2 all my Sweden fans U can blame YA police dept for never seeing me again in your beautiful country.” In July 2012, he was banned from entering Norway for two years after being found in possession of eight grams of marijuana, as well nearly £18,000 of Norwegian currency.

Swedish Idol judge Alexander Bard said the arrest was not racial profiling, but related to the Swedish authorities’ pursuit of celebrities. “This arrest was not racial profiling, which is an American [phenomenon] not a Swedish phenomenon. But it was clearly a case of celebrity profiling,” he told Billboard. “The Swedish police are losing the ridiculous battle called the War on Drugs as much in Sweden as anywhere else at the moment, and they have clearly now gone into desperate hypergear by chasing celebrities over drug use to grab media headlines, and thereby hoping to retake the initiative in this prestigious generational battle.”

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