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Bench warrant issued for rapper Wiz Khalifa after he skips arraignment in West Texas pot case

Rapper Wiz Khalifa is pictured at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 18, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, John Shearer/Invision

EL PASO, Texas – A warrant has been issued for rapper Wiz Khalifa’s arrest after he skipped a court date on a marijuana possession charge in West Texas.

Online court records show the 26-year-old performer, whose real name is Cameron Thomaz, failed to appear for a scheduled Wednesday arraignment in an El Paso County misdemeanour court. So County Court-at-Law Judge Ricardo Herrera issued a bench warrant for Khalifa’s arrest.

The case started May 25 when Khalifa was arrested at El Paso International Airport after airport security officers reported finding a small canister of marijuana on him.

Khalifa had been departing after appearing at a local music festival. Instead, he was charged with misdemeanour possession of marijuana and was released after posting $300 bail.

Court records do not list an attorney.