(11 a.m. EDT) -- Hip-hop artist Big Boi, one half of Outkast, was arrested Sunday afternoon while debarking a cruise ship in Miami.
According to the Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation Department Web site, the 36-year-old performer was arrested for possession of ecstasy, MDMA (an ingredient in ecstasy) and Viagra, for which you must have a prescription to legally possess. All charges are felonies.
It appears the ship in question was Carnival Valor, the only vessel in port yesterday in Miami. Big Boi, whose real name is Antwan Patton, chronicled his voyage on his Twitter account, though he never mentioned the ship by name. On July 31, he posted, "Vacation Time YAY!!!!!!!!!!! (@ The Port Of Miami)." He also checked in on Foursquare to most of the ports at which the ship stopped, including Carnival's private island, Half Moon Cay. In addition, a post from "Kelly" on the Cruise Laws News Web site states that he was onboard and that he was "very friendly, polite, kept a low profile."
We've reached out to Carnival Cruise Lines several times and will update this report when we hear back.
He was booked about 1:30 p.m. Sunday afternoon and released on $16,000 bond several hours later. According to various media accounts, the rapper's attorney, Daniel Kane, released this statement: "While Big Boi was traveling with his group and friends, a small amount of contraband was found in the collective luggage. I am confident when the entire facts are aired, Big Boi will be completely exonerated."
Big Boi and partner Andre 3000 make up Outkast, which has won six Grammy Awards and is known for hits such as "Ms. Jackson" and "Hey Ya." In addition, Big Boi has also launched a successful solo career.
--by John Deiner, Managing Editor