Salwa Amin, 24 (Photo: Facebook)
MTV's Buckwild has stirred the ire of numerous West Virginians, including Sen. Joe Manchin, who says the reality show about a bunch of wild and crazy young people perpetuates negative stereotypes about state residents. Now one of the cast members, Salwa Amin, 24, is being held on three felony drug charges.
Amin was booked early Monday on charges including possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. Sgt. Rick Drake of the Central Regional Jail in Sutton, W.Va., confirmed the charges but could not confirm what drugs were involved. Bail has been set at $200,000, he said.
MTV announced last week that the show has been renewed for a second season. MTV, according to spokesman Jake Urbanski, "does not have any comment at this time" on Amin's arrest.
In Buckwild's first season, cast members are seen shooting firearms, mud wrestling, driving recklessly and using a dump truck as a swimming pool.
In December, Manchin sent a letter to MTV asking it to cancel the series, which he says is "repulsive" and "plays to ugly, inaccurate stereotypes about the people of West Virginia."
MTV executive Colin Nash told USA TODAY in late December that's not what the network set out to do.
"It's not our goal or intention to stereotype anyone when we're making a TV show," Nash said. "Our show is about this group of kids who happen to live in West Virginia, and I think that people who watch the show will become invested in these kids and their characters and their stories, and hopefully appreciate West Virginia as a backdrop."
Carol Memmott, USA TODAY