Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation Dept. / Latingossip.com
People Staff
September 10, 2007 AT 01:00 PM EDT

Pablo Montero will have to appear in a Miami court on Sept. 21 to defend the felony charges against him, after being arrested on Aug. 31 in South Beach for speeding and possession of cocaine.

“We’re optimistic that Pablo will continue with his work, which includes concerts in the United States, Latin America and the rest of the world. We will keep the prosecutor’s office informed as to Pablo’s travels in order to avoid scheduling conflicts,” declared Howard M. Srebnick, legal representative of the 38-year-old performer.

Peopleenespanol.com obtained a copy of the police report that details what happened on the day of the arrest. According to the document, Oscar Hernández (the singer’s real name) was driving in an “imprudent” manner. He crossed into the bicycle lane a few times, went through two red lights, swerved left-of-center and nearly caused an accident with another vehicle. The actor was driving the BMW of the passenger in the car with him, whose identity wasn’t revealed.

Once he was detained, officials found a small bag of white powder, which, after being examined, turned out to be cocaine. “The defendant stated that the bag, which was a brown leather bag containing the baggie of cocaine, belonged to him and not the passenger,” the report specifies.

If found guilty in a Florida court for possession of cocaine, the singer could lose his traveling rights in the United States, which could include not being allowed to enter the country for up to five years.

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