Naijiel Hale, the son of the late hip hop artist Nate Dogg, was arrested Wednesday with one of his college football teammates and another Montana State student in a drug sting operation.
Hale, a 21-year-old cornerback on Montana State’s football team, was arrested along with one of his teammates and another classmate in a drug sting operation on Wednesday. Hale reportedly put in motion multiple drug deals with undercover police officers who reached out to him about purchasing Xanax pills.
According to the arrest report, Hale gave the pills to his teammate Darren Gardenhire who complete the transaction in one instance.
Per the report:
“During an interview with investigators, Gardenhire said that his roommate, Hale, was dealing Xanax, but he was not.”
“In a second incident in February, Hale arranged another deal for multiple Xanax pills at his home.”
“Investigators say that Hale was present at that deal, but did not actually hand the Xanax to the drug task force operative. He had another person deliver the drugs.”
Only a small amount of weed was discovered following a search warrant of Hale and Gardenhire’s apartment. However, the home of a third student, Christopher Flanagan, was also searched where police discovered 355 Xanax pills, around 19 grams of mushrooms, LSD, a digital scale and $315 in cash.
Hale has been charged with two counts of felony distribution of dangerous drugs, which carries a max penalty of life in prison, as well as misdemeanor possession of dangerous drugs.
His bale was set at $25,000.
Who Is Nate Dogg?
Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, better known by his stage name Nate Dogg, was an American rapper, singer, and actor. He was known as one of the pioneers of West Coast hip hop. He died on March 15, 2011 of complications from multiple strokes.