West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg may have more reasons to smile moving forward as a Los Angeles judge has reportedly ended his five-year probation earlier than expected.

Thursday (May 26) reports claim Snoop Dizzle is no longer requiredto complete his probation.

Snoop Dogg caught a big break in court today ... nearly 5 years after he was arrested in L.A. for allegedly possessing drugs and a gun -- because TMZ has learned, the judge ended his probation early. He was originally sentenced to 60 months probation back in 2007 over the incident -- but now that a judge ended his probation today, Snoop only had to complete 49 months. Snoop's attorneyDonald Etra tells TMZ, he's "pleased" the court granted the rapper's petition -- even though we're pretty sure this had zero impact on Snoop's life. (TMZ)

The probation stems from Snoop getting busted by authorities in 2006.

Snoop Dogg was arrested Thursday afternoon at Burbank, Calif.'s Bob Hope Airport on suspicion of possessing marijuana and a handgun, police tell the Los Angeles Times. The rapper (real name: Calvin Broadus), 35, was arrested by officers from the Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority Police Department, who reportedly discovered the weapon and drugs after approaching him for parking in a passenger pickup zone. (PEOPLE)

His probation contained multiple requirements including hours of community service.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Terry Smerling placed conditions on the probation, including that only 400 hours of the community service could involve the youth football league. The judge also ruled that Snoop Dogg could not have any gang members in his entourage and must notify the probation department before leaving the state. The rapper must also provide authorities a DNA sample and he must have a medical permit if he uses marijuana. (MSNBC)

Outside of legal matters, funk legend Bootsy Collins recently talked to SOHH about the music bond he holds with Snoop.

"It makes you feel really good when someone can take a look at your work and add something too it," Collins expressed to SOHH. "Snoop is really a special case because he was letting people know where his [musical influences] came from. Ever since I've met him, I've really admired that about him. Snoop continues to bring it, he continues to be real. His personality reminds me of myself when I first came out, you know? It was the way he spoke - the way he did things, you know? It was just that coolness." (SOHH)

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