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Montel Williams busted for drug pipe at airport security

January 5, 2011 |  1:15 pm

Montel Williams busted with pot pipe Montel Williams was cited and fined for possesion of drug paraphernalia Tuesday after he was found carrying a marijuana pipe as he went through an airport security checkpoint in Wisconsin.

The former talk-show host, 54, was popped at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, the county sheriff's department said.

Williams, a medical marijuana proponent who supports use of the drug to relieve symptoms of conditions including multiple sclerosis, was released and continued his travel plans after paying a $484 fine, the sheriff's department said.

And here we thought it was expensive to get caught carrying an extra suitcase?

An MS sufferer himself, Williams was diagnosed with the chronic neurological condition — which in his case manifests in part as numbness in his feet, weakness in his left leg and balance problems — in 1999, after experiencing symptoms for 20 years.

He founded the Montel Williams MS Foundation in 2000 to help further research into the disease.


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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Montel Williams at the Daytime Emmy Awards in June. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press.