March 10, 2016 10:18 am
Updated: March 10, 2016 10:19 am

‘Pawn Stars’ celeb Chumlee jailed on weapon, drug charges

Austin 'Chumlee' Russell, pictured in March 2012 (left) and in February 2014 (right).

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LAS VEGAS – The man known to millions of cable TV viewers as Chumlee on the reality show Pawn Stars was being held late Wednesday in a Las Vegas jail following his arrest on felony weapon and drug charges.

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Austin Lee Russell, 33, was taken into custody when officers serving a search warrant in a sexual assault investigation found methamphetamine, marijuana and at least one gun at his southwest Las Vegas home, police said in a statement.

This Clark County Detention Center photo, provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, shows Austin Lee Russell, 33, of Las Vegas, on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Russell is known as Chumlee to viewers of the reality cable TV show “Pawn Stars.”

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Russell wasn’t booked on a sex-crime allegation. Officer Larry Hadfield, a department spokesman, said that part of the investigation stemmed from a recent complaint by a woman, and it is continuing.

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Russell was being held pending an initial court appearance on 19 drug-possession charges and one weapon charge, according to Clark County Detention Center records. His bail was set at $62,000.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Russell had a lawyer.

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A man who answered the phone at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on Las Vegas Boulevard said he had no information about the arrest. A follow-up voicemail message was not returned.

A spokesman for A&E Network and the History Channel declined by email to comment.

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