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Bruno Mars Cleared of Cocaine Possession

Judge dismisses case after singer follows terms of plea bargain

January 18, 2012 4:20 PM ET
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Bruno Mars appears at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.
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Bruno Mars is in the clear. Yesterday, the Grammy-winning pop singer was cleared of a felony cocaine possession after meeting the agreements of a plea deal struck approximately one year ago.

On Wednesday, a state court judge in Las Vegas dismissed the case against Mars, 26, which began when the "It Will Rain" star pleaded guilty to cocaine possession on February 16, 2011. He was fined $2,000 and ordered to undergo drug counseling and perform 200 hours of community service. Mars was arrested in September 2010, when he was found with 2.6 grams of cocaine following his show at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

"Bruno earned the dismissal," Mars' lawyer told reporters. "He exceeded the expectations of the court."

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