Snoop Dogg stopped with $422,000 in cash in Italy airport

Italian police stop rapper Snoop Dogg as he was boarding private jet with $422,000 in cash in a Louis Vuitton bag

Half the $422,000 carried by Snoop Dogg was seized by Italian police
Half the $422,000 carried by Snoop Dogg was seized by Italian police

Snoop Dogg had another run-in with European authorities after being stopped at the Lamezia Terme airport in Calabria with $422,000 in cash.

The rapper was travelling through the airport in southern Italy, where he had been performing.

Sums of more than €10,000 ($11,000) must be declared by anyone travelling through airports in the European Union.

Last week, Snoop Dogg was stopped on suspicion of possessing drugs by police in Uppsala, Sweden.

He criticised what he said was "racial profiling" but Swedish police say they have yet to receive the results of tests to see whether Snoop Dogg had drugs in his system.

After stopping him on Saturday as he prepared to board a private plane, Italian police seized half of the $422,000 under money laundering laws.

It is now likely to be returned, with a fine deducted, the Italian financial police say.

Andrea Parisi, a lawyer representing the artist, told Reuters: "We clarified everything from a legal point of view. The money came from concerts he had performed around Europe. There was no crime; it was just an administrative infraction."

Snoop Dogg - whose real name is Calvin Broadus - is scheduled to play the Kendal Calling festival in northern England on Sunday.

He has not responded to his latest detention and his current whereabouts are unconfirmed.

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