August 13, 2001 05:05 PM

Michael Houston, brother of singer Whitney Houston, was arrested Wednesday and charged for possessing cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of drugs after he was pulled over by Fort Lee, N.J., police officers, it has since been reported by the Bergen Record. Authorities reportedly stopped Houston, 39, for failing to yield to traffic while exiting a Holiday Inn parking lot. Upon noticing Houston’s apparent condition (which included bloodshot eyes and dilated pupils), officers searched his car and found 14 partially smoked marijuana cigarettes, a bag of marijuana and some cocaine, according to the Record. Houston, a writer for Whitney’s Nippy Inc., voluntarily turned in another bag of marijuana when he reached the police station. He was arraigned early Thursday morning, Aug. 9 — which also happened to be Whitney’s 38th birthday — and released. His bail was set at $3,500. And to add to the family drama, Houston’s arrest occurred on the same day that his brother-in-law (husband of Whitney) Bobby Brown, 34, was rushed to a New Jersey hospital after experiencing a seizure, which Whitney’s publicist later blamed on heat and his busy recording schedule.

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