msnbc.com staff and news service reports
updated 1/31/2009 8:38:32 AM ET 2009-01-31T13:38:32

The half-brother of President Barack Obama has been arrested for alleged possession of marijuana, Kenyan police said Saturday.

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Area police chief Joshua Omokulongolo said George Obama was picked up Saturday and was being held at the Huruma police post in the capital.

Omokulongolo said officers found one joint of marijuana on him.

Obama reportedly denied the allegations.

"I don't know why they are charging me," CNN quoted Obama as saying from jail.

George Obama and the president had the same father but are not believed to have a close relationship.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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