Pawn Stars has been a hit for the History Channel since it debuted in 2009 and a big part of their allure has been fan-favorite, Austin Lee Russell, otherwise known as Chumlee. The long-haired, bearded beanie-wearing staple gained notoriety for his unintentional humor, laid-back demeanor, and his, seemingly, innocent outlook on life.
Although, he is often teased by the other men in the World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop, it is clear that they, like viewers, are very fond of Russell. It was a bit of a shock, therefore, when his recent arrest made headlines.
Drug and Weapon Charges
On March 9, 2016, Russell was arrested on felony weapon and drug charges. Police were at his home in southwest Las Vegas as part of a sexual assault investigation. While he was not arrested as part of those allegations, the 33-year-old was taken into custody after a search of the premises uncovered, at least, one gun, marijuana and methamphetamine.
In all, Russell was held at the Clark County Detention Center on one weapon charge and 19 drug-possession charges. His bail was set at $62, 000. No statements have been issued by the History Channel.