Rapper Snoop Dogg Held Overnight By Police On Narcotics Suspicion

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - Snoop Dogg was held by police overnight
on suspicion of using illegal narcotics but was released after
questioning and drug tests, a police spokesman said Monday.

The artist was heading to a party after a concert in the Swedish
capital when police stopped the car he was riding in around 1:30
a.m., said Matts Brannlund, of the Stockholm police. He said Snoop
Dogg and a female companion showed signs of drug use and were taken
to a police station.

"He was deemed to be under the influence of narcotics,"
Brannlund said.

A small amount of narcotics also was found in the car, but
Brannlund could not specify which kind of drug and he said it was
unclear whether it belonged to Snoop Dogg.

"He underwent some tests that will now be sent away for
analysis," Brannlund said. "In two to three weeks, we'll know if
he was on something."

Snoop Dogg was released shortly after 5 a.m. but could face a
fine if his drug test comes back positive, Brannlund said.
In Sweden, which has some of the strictest narcotics laws in
Europe, minor drug offenses are punished with fines.

Snoop Dogg, who performed with P. Diddy in Stockholm's Globe
Arena late Sunday, was the latest international artist to get in
trouble with the law following a gig in Sweden.

Babyshambles frontman Pete Doherty was fined in southern Sweden
after traces of cocaine were found in his blood following a concert
at the Hultsfred music festival in June 2006.

Later that month, Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose had to spend a
day in a Stockholm jail cell after a brawl with a hotel security
guard, but he was released after paying a fine.