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    Snoop Can't Beat Baton Rap

    Every Dogg has his day—in court.

    Prosecutors in Orange County, California, charged Snoop Dogg with one count of felony possession of a deadly weapon on Thursday, a month after airport security guards found a collapsible police baton in his carry-on luggage.

    A warrant was immediately issued for his arrest, with bail set at $150,000.

    The 35-year-old rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, could face a maximum sentence of three years in state prison if convicted, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office. No arraignment date has been set.

    There was no immediate comment from Team Snoop on the charge. Snoop Dogg is in Copenhagen, where he is one of the performers at Thursday's 13th Annual MTV Europe Music Awards.

    The hip-hop star and two bodyguards were traveling through John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana on Sept. 27 en route to San Francisco. As the party went through the checkpoint, Transportation Security Administration officials spotted a "long object" in his laptop bag as it passed through the X-ray machine. The object turned out to be the baton, which can be extended from 8 inches up to 20 inches and is considered illegal.

    Snoop told authorities he had no idea that the baton was illegal and explained it was intended for use as a video prop. The baton was confiscated and the rapper was allowed to board his flight without being cited.

    This isn't the Doggfather's only airport-related rap.

    Snoop was busted on gun and drug charges Oct. 26 at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. Airport police cited the rapper for a traffic violation and, while searching his vehicle, discovered an unlicensed gun and marijuana in his vehicle. He was booked on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and transportation of a controlled substance and released on $35,000 bail. (The emcee's felon status dates back to a 1990 conviction on cocaine possession and a guilty plea for illegal gun possession in 1993).

    An arraignment in that case is scheduled for Dec. 13.

    Snoop's airport misadventures extend beyond Southern California. In May, he received a caution from London police, and a lifetime ban from British Airways, after he and his entourage brawled with police and airline staffers after some of them were banned from British Airways' first-class lounge at Heathrow.

    Travel-related woes notwithstanding, life is good for Snoop. He just published his first collection of short stories, Love Don't Live Here No More: Book One of Doggy Tales, cowritten with playwright David Talbert, and he's begun making the publicity rounds for his anticipated new album, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, hitting stores on Nov. 21. 

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