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Police: Guns, drugs seized at home of ‘Pawn Stars’ character

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police seized a small arsenal of guns, a gallon plastic bag containing marijuana, multiple doses of anxiety medication and a small amount of methamphetamine at the home of the “Pawn Stars” character “Chumlee,” according to an arrest report made public Tuesday.

Attorneys for Austin Lee Russell declined to comment on the report, saying they’ll do their talking about the case in a courtroom, not the media.

“We will be analyzing what was allegedly found and whether the alleged seizure was lawful,” attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld said in an email statement. They said they looked forward to a just resolution of the case.

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

Russell was arrested March 9 on suspicion of 20 felonies, including drug-possession and possession of a firearm by a person using or under the influence of a controlled substance.

No charges have been filed thus far. Russell posted $62,000 bail and was freed from jail pending a May 23 court date.

Police said they went to Russell’s home in Las Vegas to serve a warrant in an investigation of a woman’s March 3 sexual assault complaint. Russell wasn’t arrested on a sex-crime allegation. Police said that investigation is ongoing.

Officers reported the 33-year-old Russell was reluctant to open safes, saying they contained guns and marijuana that he had for personal use.

Russell told detectives he smoked “a lot of weed,” the arrest report said.

Almost 5 ounces of marijuana was found in jars and plastic bags in varying amounts, the report said, including one large Ziploc bag containing more than 4 ounces.

Police said 12 guns were seized, ranging from handguns to a shotgun and assault-style MP5 and .223-caliber rifles.

Four of the handguns were registered to Russell, the report said.

Most of the weapons were found in a bedroom vault safe, along with 17 multi-dose “bars” of the anxiety drug Xanax and seven capsules containing small amounts of methamphetamine, police said.

One loaded .45-caliber handgun was found in a master bedroom nightstand drawer, the report said.

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