Prodigy of the group Mobb Deep is due back in an upstate New York courthouse on November 13 to answer charges after he was arrested over the weekend for weapons and drug possession.
Mobb Deep were in Cohoes, New York, near the state capital of Albany, late Friday night to perform a show at the Cohoes Entertainment Complex. Before the concert, Prodigy, whose real name is Albert Johnson, and eight other men were arrested after police responded to calls regarding two "suspicious, customized" vans parked just blocks away from the venue, the city police said.
Police found marijuana and a .25 caliber handgun on Prodigy, 29. He was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, and unlawful possession of marijuana. The driver of the van in which he was a passenger, David St. Bernard, 46, was charged with both felony and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, believed to be crack cocaine, police confirmed. The seven other men were arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Prodigy and the seven men were booked and released on Saturday. St. Bernard remains in Albany County Jail.
The Cohoes venue in which Mobb Deep were to perform has been a magnet for trouble of late. Police said that following a fatal stabbing of a man earlier in the year, a large brawl and other violent incidents they have been keeping a close eye on the venue and surrounding area on nights of concerts.
Prodigy, meanwhile, is back in New York City and at work on the upcoming Mobb Deep album (see "Mobb Deep Dream of Securing Eminem For Their Nightmare").