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Rap, Tap Flaps

NYPD busts Ja Rule, Savion Glover in separate pot incidents. The rapper and the dancer are pulled over, just a few hours and a few blocks apart, and charged with possession

Word to the wise: if you're a celebrity and you're carrying marijuana in your car, stay away from Houston Street in Manhattan. That street was the site of two traffic stops that turned into celebrity pot busts on Thursday, one for Ja Rule, the other for Savion Glover. First came the rapper, stopped after 2 a.m. on Houston and Sixth Avenue after police allegedly spotted him changing lanes without signaling, the Associated Press reports. Eleven hours later came the tapper, stopped at Houston and Avenue D on suspicion of making a similar swerve across traffic, the New York Daily News reports. Police said they found small amounts of marijuana during both stops. Police also said both men were driving with suspended licenses.

The 28-year-old rapper (real name: Jeffrey Atkins) had apparently had his license revoked in 1999. In Manhattan Criminal Court late Thursday, he pleaded guilty to driving with a suspended license and was fined $500 by Judge Shawndya Simpson. Though police had allegedly found nearly an ounce of pot on his person, prosecutors dropped the possession charge. Later, the ''Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk'' tap dancer appeared before the same judge and was arraigned on charges of reckless driving, driving without a license, and marijuana possession. (According to AP and the New York Post, the prosecution said that Glover had admitted to police that he had a bag of pot in his pocket.) Glover, 30, was released on his own recognizance and ordered back to court on Aug. 18.

Originally posted Jul 02, 2004