Bad Boy rapper Black Rob was arrested in New York City on Sunday morning and charged with drug and weapons possession after being pulled over on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
According to a spokesperson for the New York District Attorney's Office, the 31-year-old Black Rob, whose real name is Robert Ross, and another man, Kwamie Thomas, were taken into custody after undercover narcotic officers spotted a handgun inside the car Rob was driving.
Rob had apparently pulled the car over to sign autographs for fans when police allegedly saw the rapper pass a . 22-caliber handgun to Thomas. The undercover officers called in a uniformed arrest team, who discovered the gun and several tablets of what was suspected to be the drug Ecstasy during a search of the car.
Ross and Thomas have both been charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. "He's facing seven years in prison," a spokesperson for
the New York District Attorney's office told MTV News.
His bail has been set at $10,000 but whether he has been released is still unknown. He is, however, scheduled to return to court on Friday, May 26, 2000.
Black Rob has been the most successful Bad Boy artist to emerge in the new year, as his "Life Story" debut album has already sold more than 670,000 copies since its release in March, fueled by the smash hit single, "Whoa!" It wasn't immediately known if the weekend arrest would prevent Black Rob from continuing his solo tour, which is scheduled to hit Fort Wayne, Indiana on May 25.