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Frank Ocean Cited for Marijuana Possession, Speeding: Report

Cops confiscated singer's license after pulling him over

Frank Ocean
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January 3, 2013 3:55 PM ET

Frank Ocean was cited for possession of marijuana, driving on a suspended license and having tinted windows after police pulled the musician over for speeding in Mono County, California, TMZ reports.

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Ocean was pulled over in his black BMW on New Year's Eve for going 90 mph in a 65 mph zone. When police approached his car they reportedly smelled pot, and a search allegedly turned up a small bag of it on his person.

Police confiscated Ocean's license but released him on the spot; the other passenger in the vehicle drove him home.

Neither Ocean nor anyone in his camp has commented on the incident.

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