“Buckwild”, the MTV channel original program and “Jersey Shore” reboot about a group of young West Virginians having fun, was picked up last week for a second season. TMZ reports today that one of the show’s stars, 24 year-old Salwa Amin, was arrested on assorted drug charges in Nicholas County. The police chief in Summersville W. Virginia said Salwa and two other men were found hiding in a shed when taken into custody after they received a tip about the drugs, which were said to be heroin and Oxycodone. The other two men arrested are not part of the “Buckwild” cast.
According to the chief, his drug task force received a tip that a “shipment” would be delivered to the Nicholas County home sometime Sunday. After an extensive day of surveillance, “a lot of foot traffic coming in and out of the house” was observed.
Since visitors were only staying for very brief amounts of time, typical of drug deals, the police obtained an emergency search warrant and launched a raid on the premises.
Salwa Amin, Shawn L. Booker and Jason D. Jones, owner of the house, were found hiding in a shed in the backyard, according to the chief. Salwa allegedly had a “quantity of Oxycodone” in her purse sufficient to warrant a “felony charge of possession with intent to deliver”, according to the Coal Valley News.
Booker also had a large quantity of money on his person. Additionally, police claim they found three packages of heroin in the shed. Specific details are still emerging concerning the quantity of the drugs confiscated.
British news outlet TV Wise just announced today that MTV UK & Ireland has picked up the exclusive first run broadcast rights to reality series “Buckwild” in the United Kingdom. They describe the show as a “hillbilly series” which follows a group of nine friends living in West Virginia.
“Having known each other for years, these young people are united by the deep pride they have for small-town American life, in which they find unique ways to create their own fun. From transforming a dump truck into a pool party to building a human sling shot, they live their lives loud and proud without restrictions. Beyond dating, friendship, and their love of mudding, the bond they share with family and friends is always at the core for this fun-loving group”.
Coal Valley reports that since the reality series premiered last month, “Buckwild” is the top rated original cable series on Thursday nights among viewers aged 12-34, raking in an impressive 3 million total viewers on average per episode during its debut season.
“Buckwild” has drawn criticism for what some say is a negative portrayal of West Virginia youth. Jail Administrative Sgt. Rick Drake says Amin does not wish to speak to media outlets at this time. He is not aware whether Salwa had a lawyer yet.
Representatives for MTV didn’t immediately return telephone calls Monday. The show just concluded its initial 12 episode run on the cable channel, but continues to air reruns at various times in its lineup.