Music mogul Suge Knight arrested on drug charge

Las Vegas police arrested hip-hop music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight on a misdemeanor drug charge, police said Thursday morning.

Knight, 46, was pulled over in the 4000 block of Arville Street, near the Palms Hotel and Casino, about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, a police spokeswoman said.

The patrol officer did a routine background check on Knight, which turned up three traffic warrants. A further search turned up a small amount of marijuana, police said.

Knight was arrested on the outstanding warrants, a charge of making an unsafe lane change, and a misdemeanor charge of possessing an ounce or less of marijuana. He was released on his own recognizance, the spokeswoman said.

He was driving a black Bentley, which was towed from the scene.

Knight is the famed founder of Death Row Records, a powerful force in rap and hip-hop music. Its artists included Dr. Dre, Snoop Dog and Tupac Shakur, who was gunned down on the Strip in 1996.

Knight also is a former UNLV student who played on the football team.

He has been in and out of trouble with the law since 1987.

Contact reporter Richard Lake at or 702-383-0307.