Rapper Juvenile (real name: Terius Gray) was arrested yesterday (Jan. 29) in New Orleans on drug charges with three other people when police smelled, then saw, two burning marijuana cigarettes in thei

Rapper Juvenile (real name: Terius Gray) was arrested yesterday (Jan. 29) in New Orleans on drug charges with three other people when police smelled, then saw, two burning marijuana cigarettes in their car. Gray was a front seat passenger in the rented Lincoln Town Car stopped at a New Orleans intersection where police had set up a checkpoint to make sure drivers were carrying proof of insurance.

"Officers detected a very strong odor of burning marijuana coming from the vehicle," Sgt. Paul Accardo, a police spokesman, said in a statement. "Officers then observed two, still burning, marijuana cigarettes in the ashtray and subsequently arrested all four occupants for possession of marijuana."

The men were later booked with possession of cocaine after officers found a small amount of cocaine in the trunk of the car, Accardo said. Gray, 27, also faces a simple robbery charge from an incident in September. Police said two of Gray's associates took $200 from a barber whom Gray had accused of bootlegging a Juvenile compact disc.

Gray has frequently been in trouble with the law in the past several years. In March 2001, the rapper was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a bottle, battery on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest without violence. In August of that year, a bank foreclosed on its loan on the rapper's Mandeville, La., home, after he stopped making his monthly mortgage payments.

Juvenile's most recent Cash Money/Universal album, "Project English," debuted in September 2001 at No. 2 on The Billboard 200.


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