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Outkast's Big Boi jailed on drug charges in Miami

By Alan Duke, CNN
Rapper Big Boi performs on June 18 in New York City.
Rapper Big Boi performs on June 18 in New York City.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: "Contraband" belongs to Big Boi's "group and friends," his lawyer says
  • NEW: "Big Boi will be completely exonerated," the lawyer says
  • Antwan "Big Boi" Patton is charged with possession of Viagra, Ecstasy, MDMA, paraphernalia, records show
  • Bond is set at $16,000, the jail website says
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(CNN) -- Hip-hop artist Antwan "Big Boi" Patton faces several drug charges after Miami police arrested him Sunday, according to booking information posted on the Miami-Dade jail website.

Patton was charged with illegal possession of Viagra and Ecstasy pills, MDMA powder and drug paraphernalia with intent to use, the website said. Bonds totalling $16,000 were set, the site said.

His lawyer, in a statement provided to CNN through his publicist, said Patton was re-entering the United States when the contraband was found.

"While Big Boi was traveling with his group and friends, a small amount of contraband was found in the collective luggage," attorney Daniel Kane said. "I am confident when the entire facts are aired Big Boi will be completely exonerated."

Patton, 36, is half of the Atlanta-based hip-hop duo Outkast.

OutKast collaborator Killer Mike told CNN last week that Big Boi has reunited with Andre "3000" Benjamin to record again.

CNN's Denise Quan contributed to this report.

 
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