Mobb Deep member Prodigy (real name: Albert Johnson) and members of the rap group's entourage were arrested over the weekend in Cohoes, N.Y., after officers found marijuana, crack cocaine and an illeg

Mobb Deep member Prodigy (real name: Albert Johnson) and members of the rap group's entourage were arrested over the weekend in Cohoes, N.Y., after officers found marijuana, crack cocaine and an illegal handgun in two vans they were using, police said.

Johnson was charged Saturday with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and marijuana possession. He was taken to Albany County Jail and later released. Dave St. Bernard, 46, a driver for the group, was charged with felony and misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police made the arrests after responding to a call about two suspicious vehicles parked on the side of a road. Inside the customized vans, officers found "various amounts of marijuana."

Police said they also found a fully loaded .25-caliber handgun hidden in one of Johnson's boots, and ammunition and powder and crack cocaine inside a bag belonging to St. Bernard.

Alan Daniel Maman, 26, of New York; Brett Brandon Edward, 38, of Bridgeport, Conn.; Javier Vazquez, 22, of Stratford, Conn.; Fred E. Allen Jr., 39, of Freeport, N.Y.; Derrick Johnson, 28, of the Bronx, N.Y.; Jamal Abduiraheem, 26, of Jersey City, N.J.; and Tajauw Akem Perry, 28, of Annapolis, Md., were all charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation, and released without bail.

The group was in Cohoes, near Albany, for a performance. Its new album, "Amerika's Nightmare," is expected in February via Jive. According to a spokesperson, Mobb Deep will not be joining up with the 50 Cent-led G Unit for a North American tour, and has instead returned to the studio to continue work on the new album.


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