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    Snoop Booked on Baton Rap

    Snoop Dogg has finally thrown authorities a bone: He's turned himself in.

    The rapper showed up at the Orange County Jail in Santa Ana, California, and surrendered to authorities Monday, four days after being formally charged with one count of felony possession of a deadly weapon.

    The 35-year-old hip-hop star, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, was booked on the charge (including fingerprinting and the requisite mug shot) and released on $150,000 bail, according to Susan Schroeder  of the Orange County District Attorney's Office.

    Snoop, accompanied during the two-hour field trip by attorney Donald Etra, agreed to appear in court Dec. 12 for arraignment. Etra has labeled the charge "bogus."

    Meanwhile, the rapper's publicist, Meredith O'Sullivan, issued a statement saying the hip-hop star "welcomes an expedited trial which will reveal that these charges are completely unwarranted."

    Unwarranted or not, prosecutors added to the "Beautiful" rapper's rap sheet last Thursday, issuing a warrant for his arrest stemming from an incident at John Wayne International Airport Sept. 27, in which security guards found a collapsible baton in his carry-on luggage.

    At the time, Snoop, who was en route to San Francisco, claimed the baton was a prop for a movie and that he didn't know the object—which could extend from 8 to 20 inches—was illegal. Airport police confiscated the baton but allowed the rapper to board the plane without citing him.

    An arrest warrant was issued Thursday after the count was filed, but Snoop was nowhere near Southern California, performing live at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Copenhagen.

    There's no word on when the rapper made it back to the States, but perhaps the four-day wait could be chalked up to a little self-inflicted airport trouble. It wouldn't be the first time. Or the second.

    On Oct. 26, Snoop was busted on gun and drug charges at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank after officers pulled the rapper over for a routine traffic violation and discovered an unlicensed gun and marijuana in his car. He was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and transportation of a controlled substance and released on $35,000 bail.

    Arraignment in that case is slated for Dec. 13.

    But Snoop doesn't restrict his airport indiscretions to U.S. terminals. Earlier this year, the rapper received a caution from London police and a lifetime ban from British Airways after his posse got into a brawl over the use of the airline's first class lounge.

    If convicted on the OC charge of felony possession of a deadly weapon, Snoop would face up to three years in prison.

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