Honey Boo Boo’s Mama June Shannon arrested on drug charges in Alabama


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“Mama June” Shannon, a reality TV star of TLC’s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and We TV’s “Mama June: From Not to Hot,” has been arrested on drug-possession charges. 

Shannon, 39, was taken into custody at a gas station in Tuskegee, Alabama, on Wednesday, the District Attorney’s Office of Macon County, Alabama, confirmed to USA TODAY. She faces possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia charges.

Shannon’s boyfriend, Geno Doak, was also arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia and domestic violence, although the DA’s office didn’t go into detail about the domestic dispute that landed the couple in jail. 

USA TODAY has reached out to Shannon’s representatives for comment. 

Related: Mama June Shannon vows to ‘never go back’ after losing nearly 300 pounds

Shannon rose to fame alongside her daughter Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson on the TLC beauty pageant series “Toddlers & Tiaras” in 2012. Thompson’s spunky personality and hilarious catchphrases (like, “A dollar makes me holler honey boo boo”) quickly made the mother-daughter duo fan favorites.

Later that year, Shannon and Thompson landed their own reality show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” following the family around their hometown of McIntyre, Georgia.

The show was canceled in 2014 after four seasons when Shannon, a mother of four, began dating a registered sex offender who was convicted of child molestation. That relationship has since ended.

Related: TLC cancels ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’

Shannon returned to reality TV in 2017 on We TV’s “Mama June: From Not to Hot,” which documented her transformation after weight loss surgery, where she dropped 300 pounds. 

Doak, Shannon’s boyfriend of three years, is a regular on the series, but the couple appear to be going through some hard times. In the Season 2 finale, Shannon gave Doak an ultimatum: Get married or hit the road. 

“I want to spend the rest of my life with you, but if we’re not headed that direction then I’m gonna have to walk away,” she told Doak during the episode. But the couple’s recent arrest may complicate things even more. 

USA TODAY reached out to We TV. 


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