Austin ‘Chumlee’ Russell of ‘Pawn Stars’ Arrested on Drug, Gun Charges

By Jack Phillips, Epoch Times
March 10, 2016 2:49 pm Last Updated: March 13, 2016 1:58 am

Austin “Chumlee” Russell, the TV personality who appears on “Pawn Stars,” was arrested in Las Vegas and faces drug and weapon charges.

Russell, 33, spent Wednesday night in jail following his arrested on felony weapon and drug charges.

Police raided his home and found methamphetamine, marijuana, and at least one gun.

Police raided his home and found methamphetamine, marijuana, and at least one gun. They were serving a search warrant in a sexual assault investigation, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

However, Russell had not been charged in the sexual assault case, a spokesperson for the Las Vegas Police Department said. That part of the investigation had come from a complaint by a woman, and the investigation is ongoing.

 In this handout photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Austin 'Chumlee' Russell is seen in a booking photo after his arrest for possession of a firearm and numerous narcotics including methamphetamine and marijuana during a sexual assault investigation raid at his home on March 9, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Chumlee has not been charged in connection to the sexual assault investigation. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images)
Austin ‘Chumlee’ Russell in a booking photo after his arrest for possession of a firearm and numerous narcotics. (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department via Getty Images)

Russell faces 19 drug possession charges and one count of possession of a gun by a prohibited person.

Russell’s “Pawn Stars” co-star Rick Harrison told FOX News that his cast mates are trying to figure out what happened.

“We don’t have details yet but we are here to help Chumlee any way we can,” Harrison said in a statement.

He has starred on the popular History Channel show since 2009, when it was launched, and has become a fan-favorite. He also has his own clothing line.

“People can relate to me, and they root for me because on the show I am the dumb guy, the one who is a little rougher around the edges,” he told the Las Vegas Sun in 2014. “When people come in the store, they want to give me a hug and say hi. They want to see the Old Man sitting in his chair, they want to talk to Rick about whatever item they have. They interact with us differently … But me, I’m the guy they want to hug.”