‘Pawn Stars’ figure ‘Chumlee’ jailed in Vegas on weapon, drug charges


Mug shot Austin “Chumlee” Russell courtesy of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images

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LAS VEGAS (March 9, 2016) — The man known to millions of cable TV viewers as Chumlee on the reality show “Pawn Stars” was being held in a Las Vegas jail late Wednesday following his arrest on felony weapon and drug charges.

Police said Austin Lee Russell was arrested when officers serving a search warrant in a sexual assault investigation found methamphetamine, marijuana and at least one gun at his southwest Las Vegas home.

Russell wasn’t booked on a sex-crime allegation, but according to Officer Larry Hadfield, a department spokesman, that part of the investigation is continuing.

Records showed Russell was being held on 19 drug possession charges and one weapon charge. His bail was set at $62,000.

It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

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