Jadakiss Indicted on Drug and Gun Charges, Pleads Not Guilty
The Associated Press reports the rapper (born Jason Phillips) pleaded not guilty to charges of possessing a loaded handgun and marijuana in a Westchester County courtroom.
He was arrested Oct. 7 after police stopped the car he was traveling in after smelling marijuana. A gun allegedly belonging to Jadakiss was found soon after.
The rhymesayer’s attorney, Clement Patti, argued that his client was riding in the back seat of the car and didn't know there was a gun in the front console.
"I have yet to see or hear of any evidence connecting my client to possessing this weapon," Patti told the Associated Press.
Although two of the other men arrested face similar charges, no indictment of the fourth man was announced.
If convicted on the gun charge, Jadakiss could face a maximum prison sentence of 16 months to seven years.