Drug Charges Against Ja Rule Dropped

Rapper pleads guilty to charge of driving with suspended license.

The charge against Ja Rule for fifth-degree marijuana possession has been dropped.

The rapper (born Jeffrey Atkins) was pulled over early Thursday morning in New York for swerving in and out of lanes without using a signal, and was arrested for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license. He appeared at Manhattan Criminal Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to the latter charge (see "Ja Rule Arrested, Charged With Possessing Marijuana.")

Ja Rule paid $550 in fines and court fees, according to The Associated Press, and the misdemeanor possession charge was dropped.

The rapper has also been ordered to appear in court on Wednesday for an unrelated charge. During the hearing, prosecutors told presiding Judge Shondia Simpson that Atkins had an open warrant in Queens, New York, from June 7, 1996 for resisting arrest.