Jadakiss Gets Three Months Probation

Rapper Jadakiss will have charges of marijuana and gun possession dropped if he stays out of trouble for the next three months under a plea agreement reached in Cumberland County (N.C.) court.

Rapper Jadakiss will have charges of marijuana and gun possession dropped if he stays out of trouble for the next three months under a plea agreement reached in Cumberland County (N.C.) court.

The artist, whose real name is Jason T. Phillips, was given a deferred prosecution on the misdemeanor charges at a hearing yesterday (March 23) in Fayetteville, N.C., before District Court Judge Ed Donaldson.

Phillips, 29, of Yonkers, N.Y., was charged last July when he was in Fayetteville for a club performance. An off-duty officer stopped the rapper's recreational vehicle after he spotted someone throwing firecrackers from the window, and during a search found less than an ounce of marijuana and a pair of loaded .45-caliber Ruger pistols.

Under the plea agreement, Phillips paid $900 to cover a fine, restitution and court costs. If Phillips doesn't violate his probation, the charges will be dropped -- a common arrangement for first-time offenders.

Under the unsupervised probation, Phillips must destroy the guns, submit to searches and drug testing at the request of a probation officer, not use or possess illegal drugs and not break any North Carolina laws.

A drug assessment of Phillips by the director of a Fayetteville alcohol and drug counseling clinic concluded his marijuana use was isolated; Phillips also passed a drug test. The artist is due back in court June 14.


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