Rapper Fabolous (real name: John Jackson) was arraigned yesterday (March 24) in New York on charges of criminal possession of a weapon.

Rapper Fabolous (real name: John Jackson) was arraigned yesterday (March 24) in New York on charges of criminal possession of a weapon. Bail was set at $2,500. Officers had pulled over the Ford van he was riding in late Sunday night and allegedly found a 9mm pistol inside, police said. Four other people in the van also face criminal weapons possession charges, said Sgt. Michael Wysokowski, a police spokesman. They were awaiting arraignment last night.

A security guard at New York nightclub Webster Hall called police after seeing a member of Fabolous' entourage stick a gun in the van before passing through the downtown venue's metal detector, police said.

The rapper's attorney, Albert Ebanks, said that the pistol belonged to a bodyguard hired by Fabolous' record company to protect him as he performed at Webster Hall on Sunday night. The bodyguard has told police that the gun was his, which should already have cleared the 25-year-old rapper of criminal responsibility, Ebanks said. "When you arrest the bodyguard that doesn't make the papers," he said.

Fabolous was arrested twice in two days in January in New York, once for allegedly driving with a suspended license and the second time after police said they discovered guns in a car he was riding in.

The rapper's latest album, "Street Dreams" (Desert Storm/Elektra), is No. 3 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 7 on The Billboard 200. Album cut "Can't Let You Go" is No. 13 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, No. 11 on the Hot Rap Tracks tally, and No. 29 on the Hot 100.


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