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Hip Hop News: Lil Wayne and Ja Rule Arrested in New York

Hip hop artists Lil Wayne and Ja Rule were arrested Sunday (Jul. 22) evening after a Hot 97 sponsored concert at Manhattan’s Beacon Theater on charges of criminal possession of weapons, each in separate incidents, a New York Police Department spokesman told CNN. According to officers, they pulled over a luxury car with Ja Rule and two others inside. Police say they recovered a .40-caliber pistol from the vehicle. Lil Wayne however, was arrested about an hour later, in a separate incident, after police say the caught him and another man smoking marijuana. They also the rapper was found carrying a .40-caliber pistol. 31-year-old Jeffrey Atkins, better known as Ja Rule was last busted in 2004 for marijuana possession and driving without a license. 24-year-old Lil’ Wayne, whose real name is Dwayne Carter is also no stranger to trouble. He was arrested last August for marijuana possession and possession of a controlled substance. Lil Wayne and Ja Rule are both are platinum-selling rap artists.

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