- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 19, 2016

Austin Russell, better known by his nickname Chumlee to fans of the History Channel series “Pawn Stars,” will most likely avoid serving jail time for weapons and drug charges stemming from a March search of his Las Vegas home, The Wrap reported Thursday.

Shortly after the arrest, media outlets cited police documents arguing evidence seized in the March 9 raid suggested Mr. Russell was a drug dealer.

“It should also be noted that the amount of narcotics, narcotics paraphernalia and narcotics-related items found throughout the residence suggests (Russell) openly allows and participates in the unlawful use and possession of narcotics,” according to a police report cited by USA Today in a March 16 story.

“Many of these items are commonly found with persons who package and sell controlled substances, i.e., plastic baggies and digital scales,” the police file added.

At his upcoming court appearance, the reality-show star “will ultimately be charged with and plead to a gross misdemeanor, and be subjected to a probationary period, likely of three years,” according to The Wrap.

Absent a plea deal, Mr. Russell would face the prospect of defending himself against 19 felony drug charges and one felony weapons charge.

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