Developing: Rapper J-Diggs tha Rockstar arrested on Hawaii warrant, local drug charges

ST. GEORGE – Washington County Sherriff’s Office arrested 42-year-old Jamal David Diggs on a felony warrant out of Hawaii, and for drug and drug-related charges today.

Jamal David Diggs arrested in Washington County, Utah, June 9, 2013 | Booking Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff's Office
Jamal David Diggs arrested in Washington County, Utah, June 9, 2013 | Booking Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s Office

Diggs was booked into Washington County Correctional Facility at 2:16 a.m. after being arrested at the west end of Santa Clara near the historic Jacob Hamblin home.

Local offenses underlying the arrest include possession of paraphernalia and a marijuana charge, both class B misdemeanors. Arrest on the Hawaii warrant is a third-degree felony and bond required on that charge is $30,000.

Diggs was initially stopped on a traffic offense for failing to dim his high beams in the face of approaching traffic, Sheriff’s Det. Nate Abbott said.

The Hawaii warrant came up under the national criminal database as an extraditable warrant. Then the deputies found the paraphernalia and drug offenses.

Abbot said until he viewed the warrant and tracked it back he could not say whether the arrest warrant is related to a Sept. 2012 well-publicized arrest of Diggs in Waikiki.

Jamal Diggs, better known by his stage name J-Diggs, also Jay Digs or J-Diggs tha Rockstar, is an American rapper and co-CEO of the late Mac Dre’s Thizz Entertainment. From a two parent home in Vallejo, California, Diggs was first arrested at age 19 and has spent his life battling the law in and out of prison.

In September 2012 Diggs was arrested on charges of assault and attempted murder in Hawaii after getting into a brawl with security guards who had reportedly kicked him and three others out of the Big Kahuna Bar and Grill in Waikiki. According to many media reports, Diggs was released from the Hawaii jail on $150,000 bond.

St. George News inquiries in to some of the law enforcement agencies involved are pending return calls. This is a developing story.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

UPDATED 5 p.m. and 8:55 p.m. to include information provided by Det. Nate Abbott, confirming booking 2:16 a.m. and detailing the traffic stop.

St. George News reporter Sarah Isaacson contributed to this story.

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Twitter: @JoyceKuzmanic

Copyright St. George News, LLC, 2013, all rights reserved.



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  • Maggie June 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Really? Anyone wonder what attracted him to St George? Whatever it was lets get rid of it !!!!!!

    • john doe June 9, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Passing judgment!!!! You sound real smart, with your logical comments.Yeah no one should do better or change in life.People come her for change ever think about that.Or maybe cause his past he don’t deserve it.I bet your communities religion doesn’t agree with you or do they ?

    • jane doe October 2, 2013 at 2:54 am

      Racist hoe.

  • Laurie June 9, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    What the heck was the guy doing in St. George?

    • Mojave Joe June 9, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      …We are on major corridor, I-15. If you don’t get out of the bubble often, I understand it could be easy to forget that.

  • Cheryl June 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Yah, way to go Washington County Sherriff’s Dept. Glad you got this druggie off our streets!!!! GREAT JOB GUY’S….

  • anon June 9, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    Probably on his way to Vegas.

  • LP June 9, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    One of the charges in Hawaii is for attempted murder.

  • Dan Lester June 9, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    No clue why here, but Santa Clara is hardly on the way to Vegas these days.

  • DSU Punk June 9, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    After the Macklemore “appocalypse” for some downtown whiners when he was at DSU in concert, I’m intrigued to see another rapper even affiliated with the area.

  • Maggie June 9, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    John Doe………………..Evidently the law does not agree with him either, and how could you possibly know what my religion is from that post? Noooooooooo ,tell me you did not just assume? Only a bigoted stupid person would do that and you sound so caring about the gentleman who was arrested. You almost fooled me.

    • john doe June 9, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      Well that you go again, gene pool must be too close. I said your communities religion, not yours!!! Get your facts straight.

  • MizEllie June 9, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I can’t quit laughing at his mugshot. Looks SO disappointed that he was caught…HERE of all places…LOL! But hey, would could’ve had an episode of ‘DOG the Bounty Hunter’ shot here!!!

    • jane doe October 2, 2013 at 3:04 am

      Wow really. You should find another hobbie, LOSER! LOL…. hahaha…. I bet your a white racist hillbilly and your mom is probably your aunt too

  • john doe June 9, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Well there you go again,gene pool must be too close. I said your communities religion l not yours get your facts straight…

  • john doe June 9, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Bigoted stupid person, Are you? It sure sounds that way.Go to bed!!!

  • KG. June 9, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    John Doe your an idiot ! If this scumbag wanted to move somewhere to change or looking for a better life. Maybe he should face the consequences of his crimes first, instead of running away from the law. Obviously your the village idiot of Washington County.

    • john doe June 9, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      Watch your mouth !!! I know for a fact you wouldn’t say it to me idiot is a harsh word in my neck of the woods. Now you are judge and jury too…I hope you never get in trouble cause I know you face your fate in a hurry too. Just keep passing judgment. You need god.

  • john doe June 9, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    And I Also know if you ever met this man, you wouldn’t have the gall to call him a scumbag. You would get put in you place. Look up j diggs knock out on YouTube.

  • john doe June 9, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Wow its real quiet, what I am and where I am at.You got em both wrong, And I am the idiot?

    • lc June 10, 2013 at 12:17 am

      I don’t know any of you, but I don’t think that any of you were raised in his shoes and none of you should judge anything this man has been “charged” with. If you read the article, it says that all people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

      • Zeke June 10, 2013 at 7:49 am

        Yea, you’re probably right. He just skipped a court date in Hawaii for some trumped up charge of attempted murder and some other things. Like most rappers in the news, he is totally innocent and has never done anything illegal.

        • john doe June 10, 2013 at 9:03 am

          Your sarcasim is weak.Get you facts straight.Trumped up is right.They were approached in Hawaii.That is why it is not a 2nd degree charge.not a first.This was not planned.get a clue before you open your mouth.and as far as Lc goes feeding off my would be surprised how similar peoples shoes are.Don’t judge me cause you way wrong too.

          • john doe June 10, 2013 at 9:06 am

            The charge is 2nd degree not a first degree!!!! I need to turn off spell check.It makes me write like I am from Utah

          • Zeke June 10, 2013 at 9:47 am

            Yea, skipping a $150,000 bond for a “minor” charge and not showing up in court is really not that big of a deal. What was I thinking?

          • john doe June 10, 2013 at 10:25 am

            You weren’t thinking.remember they let him leave the state of Hawaii.We will see how it pans out.He will take what ever time you give him right on the chin.snitches wanna get confrontational,Then when they get smacked up,Let the finking begin.Riggs already sat down for a minute. He would handle his time served standing on his hands.

          • john doe June 10, 2013 at 10:29 am

            Finally got that spell check off tha mobile. Diggs already sat down for a minute.

    • Dan Lester June 10, 2013 at 10:39 am

      Well, yes, john doe, you are the idiot. I just love your trolls.

      • john doe June 10, 2013 at 10:46 am

        Yeah and you are the lester MO.I know how you were raised.

        • john doe June 10, 2013 at 10:48 am

          You talk real feminine. Don’t get treated like one MO.

          • john doe June 10, 2013 at 10:51 am

            I saw your picture Dan you fit the profile. Cause you sure annoy me.geriatric zz top looking ….

  • Stacia June 9, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    John doe I feel u mane ! Wish I knew he was in town to get an autograph !! Lmao ..

  • Jo dough June 10, 2013 at 2:12 am

    He was probably on his way back thru the old highway. He has enoigh monry he wont be here long he will be bailed out and back to california by tomorrow im sure. You can watch j diggs romper room gang on gangland him and mac dre thizz movement it was quite interesting.

  • thizzord!eubeezy June 10, 2013 at 2:45 am

    free diggs dubee geezy miami and the whole thizz camp

  • Brett Wrear June 10, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Cheryl thinks smoking marijuana makes you a druggie, hahaha what a …

    Ed. ellipsis

  • john doe June 10, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Cheryl, kg , Maggie ,and Zeke are all related. You know what that means!!!!

    • john doe June 10, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Let’s not forget about their uncle Lester….

  • john doe June 10, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Stepped on the brake, and burnt the vogue tire….The game is thick!

  • Alvin June 10, 2013 at 9:49 am

    The fact that the Washco Deputies got him before Dog the Bounty Hunter is also very embarrassing. I’m sure that Dog was right on his tail though.

    • john doe June 10, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Dog wouldn’t do a thing!Last time I saw him he apologized for the whole n-word thing. Then he threw the T’s UP!

  • Keep Our Freedom June 10, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Nice trolling john doe. You actually were able to get some people fired up here. Good thing these comments are just for opinions, but apparently your opinion is more important. And we thank you for that.

    • john doe June 10, 2013 at 10:54 am

      Your all welcome rotflma….

      • john doe June 10, 2013 at 10:56 am

        Christopher Walker voice (King of New York)!!!! Your all welcome….

  • Alvin June 10, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Uhmmm, that would be Christopher Walken, with a “n” I believe. Nice try though.

    • john doe June 10, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      Yeah I think everyone knew what I soooo smart correcting the obvious.nice try you aren’t that lames better figure it out.I am far from your level.another thing when them islanders do there research they won’t even shows up to court.this man has such a strong following he don’t have to say or do a thing. Its like giving it up to the lord.

      • john doe June 10, 2013 at 1:49 pm

        Alvin why don’t you correct when I said communities, When if should have been communities’.I don’t have time to play spell checker.You know what I meant.You grew up reading the illiterate spectrum.

        • Zeke June 10, 2013 at 2:17 pm

          Actually, words are important and “Do” have specific meaning and especially if they are spelled correctly!! People shouldn’t have to decode the real meaning of thoughts or sentences with words not spelled correctly. So, there will always be spelling nazi’s out there because correct grammar “is” still important.

          • john doe June 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm

            Grammar important!So you admit you are a Nazi!!!!This is like texting I am on a mobile, I can talk to this thing it will print it more mistakes than ever. If it came down to writing a paper,that is a different story.I am very well educated. Its not what you say it is how you say it. So once again quit feeding off my lines tweke.

        • Chuck Taylor June 10, 2013 at 4:03 pm

          Get ’em John Doe….they don’t know … about Dings or Thizz…. TIP Furly

          Ed. ellipsis

          • Chuck Taylor June 10, 2013 at 4:05 pm

            Punk … spell check…Diggs or Thizz

            Ed. Ellipsis

  • Mac Dre June 10, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    RIP Mac Dre

  • durden June 10, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    diggs is not co ceo of thizz ent nor has he ever been. i swear since dre died diggs been tryin act like he put the cutty on and gave him his start knowin … well all he was was the hypeman for the mac

    Ed. Ellipsis

    • john doe June 10, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      Co CEO of thizz nation, not thizz ent. Get tour facts correct. Hype man….so he did ten in the feds for nothing. Today’s word is for the don’t knows is (research).

    • john doe June 10, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      If you knew a thing you would know the Mac was Michael Robinson rest in peace.He did the game is thick volume one.when he passed is when Mac dre started rapping.Act like you know something….

  • Drew June 10, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    John Doe is getting on all you guys. Haha like he said y’all obviously don’t know about Diggs. If you did you would know the business. My suggestion would be just keep quit especially if you know nothing about the person. Diggs about to be faster than y’all think and if not he prepared for the time. “Consequences j-diggs” YouTube that. Free the cuddy diggs

  • Gawn Dough June 10, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Well I guess we have all been put in our places. Didn’t know we were dissin’ a famous thug. Has his posse busted him out of Purgatory yet? That would make a great rap video.

  • john doe June 10, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    A famous thug, posse busted. Who talks like that once again gene pool way too close. Know you ain’t in your place, get your tail in the kitchen.The way you act shows your gender.

  • john doe June 10, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Gawn dough aka Mallory or Alice????

  • john doe June 10, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Gawn doughs family participated in the mountain meadow massacre. Actin like you don’t stink.I smell you!

  • I second that June 11, 2013 at 8:14 am

    John Doe is a clear example of what is wrong with rap and those who follow it.

    • john doe June 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      I don’t follow rap I like Eddie rabbit Waylon Jennings and Ronnie milsap.I don’t even listen to rap I gotta go (I love a rainy night is playing).once again you got it all twisted.

      • john doe June 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm

        I second that lives with Dan lester….

    • john doe June 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Thought I followed rap, Cause she lives in a bubble…

  • I second that June 11, 2013 at 8:24 am

    What I am not surprised about is that he got pulled over driving through Santa Clara. Those Ivins/Santa Clara cops will pull you over for the slightest infraction. I’m guessing that much Luke the utilities in the area they are trying to make some income for the small town. I’m not sure why small towns want to be on their own. Just call it all St George and get in on all the money they have. They are resurfacing perfectly good streets right now so they must have excess. What they should be doing though is fixing up down town St. George instead of fixing perfectly good streets.

    • john doe June 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      … I know you are from,You can’t even make sense.its like you write for the make that much sense.

      ed. ellipsis

      • john doe June 11, 2013 at 1:07 pm

        I know where you are from.You don’t even make sense. It’s like you write for the spectrum….for all you grammar Nazis’ or just plain nazis’.

  • wtf June 11, 2013 at 10:29 am

    OK…I didn’t even give two craps on diggy be biggy….I mean good for him to bust a cap in da purgatory of easy…he has it made here!! Jail here is like a frickin motel…compared to others…

    • john doe June 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      Bust a cap …. That gene pool is waaaay too close you all sound like you just read scriptures in Colorado city!

  • Dankchild707 June 11, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Not one of you associate wit the … diggs so … wit all that … y’all sound dumb as … It’s gonna get dropped y’all will see. Unrelated to dubee and the rest the thizz nation. Thizz in peace Mac Dre!

    Ed. ellipsis

    • john doe June 11, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      Are you really a 707er, you would be surprised who knows who! It’s called thizz nation for a reason. And (associates it the… Diggs so…wit all that)sounding pretty mental.

  • Dankchild707 June 11, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    … sheeple need an enlightenment
    Ed. ellipsis

  • john doe June 11, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I bet a lifted truck with low beams on, like they are high beams wouldn’t have never got pulled over.

    • Joyce Kuzmanic June 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      enough john doe – you are done on this story

      • john doe June 11, 2013 at 5:23 pm

        Yeah your right.Iam done it’s ova with.I am going back to guys are way too easy!

        • Joyce Kuzmanic June 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm

          Thanks 🙂

          • argueman June 11, 2013 at 9:45 pm

            Man they had to get the writer involved! Some can dish it out but cannot take it!

  • john doe June 11, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Where are my manners at? I am sorry.YOU ARE WELCOME! I only got on those I felt deserved it !!! Till next time…

  • argueman June 11, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    John doe went undefeated…..

  • Dan Lester June 11, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Having managed sites like these, plus chat rooms and discussion groups, for 20 years, you’re much more patient and forgiving than I ever was, Joyce. Good job, though.

  • argueman June 12, 2013 at 12:41 am

    They even censored john doe’s whole “gestapo” comment! WOW! I guess UTAH is NOT in AMERICA!

  • Mark Ave. June 12, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    He probably had a snow bunny in the front seat, it was gonna happen regardless

  • NateDee From WenatcheeWashington July 16, 2013 at 11:06 pm


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