Ja Rule Gun Trial To Start Soon; Rapper Faces Four Years In Jail

The status of Ja Rule's freedom could be determined this week as the rapper is nearing trial for a July 2007 gun possession charge in Manhattan, New York.

Ja Rule was arrested on July 23rd, 2007 after police stopped his $250,000 Maybach for speeding after a concert at the Beacon Theater.

Police also found that the registration on the pricey vehicle was suspended and had no insurance.

According to the Associated Press, the smell of marijuana gave police a reason to search the vehicle. Ja Rule was arrested when a .40 caliber semiautomatic handgun in the rear driver's side door was found.

The judge has already thrown out Ja Rule's statement that he had weed on him and he wasn't charged with drug possession, bolstering the defense' argument that the search was illegal.

Ja Rule is facing up to four years in prison under New York's tough anti-gun laws, which have sidelined other stars, like Lil Wayne and NFL star Plaxico Burress.

Lil Wayne was recently released from Rikers Island after serving 8 months in prison for being arrested for gun possession on the exact same night as Ja Rule.

NFL star Plaxico Burress received two years for sneaking a gun into a nightclub which accidentally went off and wounded him in the leg in 2009.