15 Famous Celebrities Who Have Been Busted with Drugs at the Airport

Everyone knows that the airport is no place for foolishness. With strict regulations and a ton of TSA workers swirling around, everyone typically tries to be on their best behavior, at least until they’re actually in the air. To keep the skies as friendly as possible, and prevent any more terrorist attacks in the future, the United States government has placed strict regulations on what you can and cannot bring on board an aircraft.

Weapons, drugs and other objects are pretty much banned, and most people tend to abide by the rules. However, some celebrities forget where they’re at when they fly. These 15 celebrities were busted a the airport for drug possession.

1. Carlos Santana

Carlos Santana

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  • Drug of choice: marijuana 

You probably know Carlos Santana as the legendary older gentleman who gave us classic hits like “Maria, Maria.” However, in the ’90s before there was as much regulation in airports, Santana was at the height of his fame and living his best life.

Unfortunately, this led to a pretty absurd choice. In 1991, the Latin musician tried to slide through the Houston airport with five grams of marijuana on him. It doesn’t seem like the worst crime ever, but the singer was still put on probation. He also had to sing at an anti-drug rally as a part of his deal.

Next: A model who got into trouble while doing a favor. 

2. Jerry Hall

Jerry Hall

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  • Drug of choice: marijuana 

Actress and model Jerry Hall got into some trouble back in 1987 at the Grantley Adams Airport in Barbados over some luggage that wasn’t even hers. Hall was in a relationship with Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger for over 20 years, and in ’87 she went to the airport in Barbados to scoop up a piece of his luggage.

Unfortunately, Hall, who is now married to Rupert Murdock (ok, sis!) didn’t know that the bag had over twenty pounds of marijuana in it which seems beyond excessive. Hall was arrested but thankfully released because she had no idea the drugs were even in the bag.

Next: A rocker who was imprisoned in Japan. 

3. Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney Performs At Dodger Stadium

Paul McCartney Performs At Dodger Stadium| Jason Kempin / Getty Images

  • Drug of choice: marijuana 

Paul McCartney might be an iconic songwriter and founding member of The Beatles, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a bad boy streak. In 1980, McCartney was caught in the Tokyo Airport with half a pound of marijuana. The British legend admitted that the drugs were his and he even said he brought them along because drugs are a massive no-no in Japan.

He was imprisoned for nine-days and nearly sentenced to seven years in jail for the incident. Next time at least give it to someone in the entourage. Sheesh.

Next: A singer who denied any wrongdoing. 

4. Dionne Warwick

Dionne Warwick is singing on stage.

Dionne Warwick | Theo Wargo/Getty Images

  • Drug of choice: marijuana 

Songstress Dionne Warwick who is also the cousin of the late-Whitney Houston thought she was being coy by sliding a few joints in some of her lipstick containers. When TSA discovered the drugs, Warwick denied everything. She said she had no idea where they came from nor did she do drugs. In the end, the “I Say A Little Prayer” singer took a plea deal and agreed to dome drug counselings.

Next: A rapper who was caught with “lean”.

5. 2 Chainz

2 Chainz

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  • Drug of choice: purple drank 

Rapper 2 Chainz might seem easy going and calm, but it’s probably because the Atlanta native had a substance or two to mellow him out. In 2014, 2 Chainz was trying to get through security at Los Angeles international airport, when TSA discovered he had some codeine coated cough syrup on his person.

Luckily for the rapper, not much came of the incident. Though we’re sure the purple drank was confiscated from him, no charges were filed.

Next: A songstress who floated right past TSA.

6. Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

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  • Drug of choice: marijuana 

Like her cousin, Dionne Warwick, the late legendary Whitney Houston was also caught with a bit of weed in her carry-on. Back in 2000 at the Keahole-Kona International Airport in Hawaii, The Bodyguard actress was detained with fifteen grams of marijuana in her bag. However, she slid away unscathed.

Though airport officials detained her, she was able to slip away, walk to her private jet and take off. When the police showed up 30 mins later, the songstress was gone.

Next: A rapper who had drugs and other things on his person at JFK. 

7. DMX

DMX wearing white t-shirt on stage

DMX | Mark Davis/Getty Images

  • Drug of choice: crack cocaine 

There is almost nothing rapper DMX hasn’t been in trouble for. However, in 2014, he found himself in hot water in New York City at John F. Kennedy airport. Apparently, he and a friend were caught trying to steal a car from some poor unsuspecting person. They threatened the victim who was in the car with their child and were arrested immediately.

The charges against DMX and his carjacking friend where endless. They were charged with endangering the welfare of a child, having a firearm, and they were also charged with having substances since crack and other drugs were found on their person.

Next: This actor was denied entry into the United States. 

8. Charlie Heaton

Charlie Heaton

Charlie Heaton | Christopher Polk/Getty Image

  • Drug of choice: cocaine 

Stranger Things actor Charlie Heaton got himself into some hot water in 2017 when he tried to enter the United States with cocaine in his bags. Heaton left the U.K. and upon arrival in Los Angeles’ International airport, his bags were checked at immigration where TSA discovered the drugs in his baggage.

Heaton was denied entry into the United States and sent back to the U.K. as a result; he missed the Stranger Things Season 2 premiere. He has denied accusations of using and possessing the drug.

Next: A rapper who was caught and booked in South Dakota.

9. Chief Keef

Chief Keef

Chief Keef | World Star Hip-Hop/YouTube

  • Drug of choice: marijuana 

Chicago rapper Chief Keef has been known for his poor choices, and they just keep on coming. In 2017, the MC was stopped at Sioux City Regional Airport in South Dakota. After his bags were searched, he was charged with marijuana and paraphernalia possession. Keef whose real name is Keith Cozart was promptly shipped off to the Minnehaha County Jail where he was held without bail.

10. Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan in "Charmed"

Rose McGowan in “Charmed” |The WB

  • Drug of choice: cocaine 

Since the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements were unveiled in 2017, Charmed alum Rose McGowan has been an outspoken advocate for women and women’s rights. Therefore, everyone was stunned when she was arrested in January 2018 after a warrant was sent out for her for having trace amounts of narcotics on the belongings she left at Washington Dulles International Airport in 2017.

McGowan tweeted about the incident saying, “Are they trying to silence me? What a load of horsesh**.”

Next: This rapper loves his weed and his hoverboards. 

11. Wiz Khalifa

Wiz Khalifa

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  • Drug of choice: marijuana 

Rapper Wiz Khalifa has his share of run-ins with the police a the airport. In 2013, he got into a shouting match with police after he was stopped from riding his hoverboard in the airport. However, in May 2014, things got a bit more serious for the father of one.

Khalifa was arrested in a Texas airport for trying to bring marijuana through security.

Next: This songstress was cited and booked.  

12. Lauren Jauregui

Lauren Jauregui poses in the press room during 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2017 presented by Capital One at The Forum on December 1, 2017 in Inglewood, California

Lauren Jauregui poses in the press room during 102.7 KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2017 presented by Capital One at The Forum on December 1, 2017 in Inglewood, California. | Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

  • Drug of choice: marijuana 

In December 2016, Fifth Harmony member Lauren Jauregui was caught and detained for possession of marijuana at the Dulles Airport in Virginia. She was stopped at a TSA checkpoint while trying to get on a plane when an employee allegedly found weed in her carry-on bag.

Jauregui was given a citation and sent on her way.

Next: An actor who tried to smuggle pounds of marijuana through a Chicago airport. 

13. Bill Murray

Bill Murray

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  • Drug of choice: marijuana 

Before he was a star on Saturday Night Live and certainly before he was a comedic sensation, Bill Murray was taking pre-med courses at Regis College in Denver. Unfortunately, in 1970, Murray was expelled from school after he was caught attempting to smuggle nearly nine pounds of marijuana through O’Hare Airport in Chicago.

Luckily, things turned out alright for him, and Regis College awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree in 2007.

Next: A rick bad boy who smoked weed on an airplane. 

14. Conrad Hilton

Conrad Hilton

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  • Drug of choice: marijuana 

The Hilton family isn’t exactly known for their decorum or keeping it together in public. Paris and Nicky Hilton’s younger brother Conrad Hilton found himself in hot water when he was removed from a plane and ultimately arrested on a British Airways flight that was leaving Los Angeles.  During the trip, he smoked marijuana in the lavatory and threatened the flight crew. Flight attendants handcuffed the party boy to his seat once he fell asleep.

After his arrest, Hilton’s lawyer blamed his erratic behavior on sleeping pills.

Next: A rapper who got banned from Norway. 

15. Snoop Dogg

 Snoop Dogg

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  • Drug of choice: marijuana 

In 2008, Snoop Dogg was banned from entering the country of Norway when he was caught trying to bring eight grams of marijuana through the airport. Listen, we love Snoop Dogg just like the next person, but we’re confused as to why celebs can’t scout out their favorite vices once they arrive at their destinations.

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