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Chumlee of 'Pawn Stars' Arrested On Meth, Gun Charges


"Chumlee" from reality TV show, "Pawn Stars," has been detained following an arrest on felony weapon and drug charges in Nevada.

"Chumlee," whose legal name is Austin Lee Russell, 33, was arrested when officers raided his home on a sexual assault investigation and found methamphetamine, marijuana and at least one firearm at his southwest Las Vegas home, according to TMZ.

On March 9 he was taken into custody and booked with 19 drug possession charges and one weapon charge, according to Clark County Detention Center records. His bail is set at $62,000, reports Us Magazine.

Department spokesman, Officer Larry Hadfield, said the investigation partially stems from a recent complaint by a woman, and it is still ongoing.

Russell became one of Pawn Stars’ most beloved cast members after it premiered in 2009. He owns a successful retail line and his social media following is 624,000 strong.

Calls to Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on Las Vegas Boulevard, where "Pawn Stars" is filmed, did not provide further details and the man who answered the phone said he had no information about the arrest. A follow-up voicemail message was not returned to Us Magazine.

A spokesman for A&E Network and the History Channel declined to comment.

Sources: Us Magazine, TMZ / Photo credit: Joey L./History via Us Magazine

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