Trick Daddy arrested in Florida on cocaine, gun charges
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[April 05, 2014]
MIAMI (Reuters) — Police arrested
rapper Trick Daddy and charged him with cocaine and gun possession
after a stakeout at his south Florida home on suspicion he was
running a an indoor marijuana farm, according to a police affidavit.
A report by the Broward Sheriff's Office said the rapper,
whose real name is Maurice Young, was arrested on Thursday. He
was also charged with driving with a suspended license.
Young was released on a $6,100 bond on Friday. If convicted, he
faces at least three years in prison under Florida's mandatory
minimum sentencing law.
According to the affidavit, police began watching Young's home
in a Fort Lauderdale suburb on Thursday with a warrant allowing
a drug-sniffing dog to smell the outside of the house.
He was pulled over around 10 a.m. as he was leaving the house
for driving with a suspended license.
"He admitted that he just had powder cocaine in the residence
and maybe marijuana roaches, but no grow house," according to
Police searched Young's home and found a gram of cocaine in his
bedroom along with a 9mm handgun, and a box of ammunition, but
no marijuana plants.
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Young reached stardom in the mid-1990s and early 2000s with hit
songs like "I'm a Thug" and "Shut Up."
He served two and a half years in prison after a 1991 conviction on
charges of cocaine possession and carrying a concealed firearm.
He was arrested again in 2003 on an assault charge after threatening
to kill a man following a street basketball game.
(Reporting by Zachary Fagenson; editing by Kevin Gray and Mohammad Zargham)
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