Original Panic! at the Disco Bassist Brent Wilson Arrested on Drug + Gun Charges
According to a Las Vegas Metro Police Department report uncovered by TMZ, Wilson found himself involved in a traffic stop on Jan. 22. The cops claimed the musician crossed three lanes of traffic without initiating a turn signal after failing to yield to oncoming vehicles. Once Wilson was pulled over, an officer said he spotted a bag containing a white substance inside the onetime Panic! at the Disco member's car.
After searching the musician's person and automobile, per TMZ, the police reported that they discovered more substances consistent with narcotics in Wilson's pockets and in the car. They also said they found a scale and a stash of baggies. Further, cops purportedly recovered a handgun.
Subsequently, Wilson, evidently on probation for a prior offense, was booked into jail and charged with possession with intent to sell and possession of a gun by a prohibited person. His attorney, Dustin Marcello, told the tabloid it's too early to make a forecast on the case based on its merits.
The police report ultimately concludes that police found "a total of 12.0 Gross Grams of Methamphetamine, 1.2 Gross Grams of Cocaine and 62.6 Gross Grams of Heroin" in their search.
Loudwire has obtained Wilson's Jan. 22 mugshot and the report — see them below.
Longtime Panic! at the Disco listeners might remember Wilson's messy departure from the band back in 2006. He helped found the group in 2004 alongside original guitarist Ryan Ross, drummer Spencer Smith and frontman Urie. (Ross parted ways with P!ATD three years later, in 2009.)
"I was kicked out of the band," Wilson once told MTV. "It was 100 percent a surprise to me. We were about to leave for a show in California, and they called me the night before and told me I was out of the band. The only reason they gave was that it was for 'musical purposes.' Everything was good and fine, we had just gotten back from a tour in Europe, and there had been no previous conversations about anyone leaving the band."
Smith, who would perform with the act until 2015, shed more light on the departure. He said they ousted Wilson based on his "lack of responsibility and the fact that he wasn't progressing musically with the band."
The drummer continued, "Brent did not write any of his bass parts on [Panic! at the Disco's 2005 debut, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out]. Brent did not record one note of bass on the record. Brendon and Ryan wrote all of the bass parts, and Brendon recorded all of the bass parts. We had to simplify some of the bass parts that were recorded because Brent could not play them live."
Whatever the case, Urie now remains the sole original member of the outfit.