Rapper Jim Jones arrested on drug and firearm possession charges after car chase in Georgia
Jim Jones was arrested in Coweta County, Georgia, after a car chase and was subsequently slapped with three felony charges as well as a misdemeanor one.
Rapper Jim Jones, best known for being one of the original members of hip-hop collective 'The Diplomats,' has reportedly been arrested on a handful of charges, including drug and firearm possession, after he and his friends led police in Coweta County, Georgia, on a merry chase.
According to the sheriff's department in the county, the car which Jones had been traveling in — he was said to be in the back seat — had been ordered to pull over by cops. But instead of complying, the driver decided to speed away, and struck a deputy's vehicle during the chase and only then decided to stop.
Deadline reports that besides Jones, three others were also in the car. On searching the vehicle, the authorities recovered marijuana, oxycodone, Percocet, vape cartridges, THC oil, 2 loaded pistols — one of which was stolen, according to the police — and cash, which Jones termed as 'just petty cash.'
He claimed that when the police ordered their car to stop, he tried to get the driver to comply, but that she did not listen and was 'acting incoherent.' And while none in the group admitted to possession of any of the items, the rapper argued that he had a prescription for the oxycodone and Percocet pills. Jones was subsequently slapped with three felony charges — possession of a stolen gun, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of narcotics. He was also charged with a misdemeanor for the prescription pills not being in their original container.
This instance is not the first occasion that the New York City native has found himself in the crosshairs of the police in recent times either. Just last month, he was caught on video in a brawl outside a club in Springfield, Massachusetts, which had reportedly begun after a group of unidentified men surrounded the rapper and his security team while he was giving out autographs to fan. It escalated to the extent that police had to be called in to control the situation.
Jones came to the fore following the release of his solo debut album 'On My Way to Church' in 2004, with two albums in the next two years — 'Harlem: Diary of a Summer' in 2005 and 'Hustler's P.O.M.E (Product of My Environment) in 2006 — establishing him in the New York rap scene. The latter of those spawned his biggest single to date, 'We Fly High,' which reached number five on the U.S the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
It has been reported that he is out from jail after paying $7,000 for bail.