UPDATE: Bruno Mars Hit With Felony Charge After Cocaine Arrest

Hot newcomer Bruno Mars has been hit with a felony drug possession charge after a recent run in with the law, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Last month (Sept), the “Just the Way You Are” singer was arrested for allegedly having 2.6 grams of cocaine in his possession after he played a show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Las Vegas police Sgt. John Sheahan revealed that Bruno was busted at around 2:40 A.M. at the Hard Rock hotel after a bathroom attendant alerted a security guard that a man was spending a lot of time in one of the stalls and may have been using drugs. The attendant also said he noticed Mars, born Peter Hernandez, had a “baggy of white powder substance.” When Mars left the stall, the guard made him give up any drugs he may have had and the star produced “a white powder substance, which was consistent with cocaine, from his left-front jeans pocket.” Mars reportedly copped to his bad behavior, telling the guard he “did a foolish thing and has never used drugs before.” Mars tested positive for cocaine at the time of his arrest. He is facing up to four years in prison and a $5000 fine if convicted. A court date has been set for November 18. The singer is best known for his chart-topping collaborations, including B.o.B’s “Nothin’ On You,” Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” and his break-out hit “Just The Way You Are.” On Friday, Mars’ label Elektra issued a short statement, reading, “We congratulate Bruno Mars on his chart-topping success, and provide him with our full love and support.” Mars’ debut album, ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’ drops on Tuesday.


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