Rapper arrested on drug charges in New York City

September 19, 1996

Rapper arrested on drug charges in New York City
NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper Notorious B.I.G. was caught smoking marijuana in his luxury car and was charged with drug possession, police said.

An anonymous tip led police to B.I.G., also known as Biggie Smalls, who was apprehended Sunday while sitting in his car parked on a Brooklyn street.

The 24-year-old rapper, whose real name is Christopher Wallace, fellow rapper James Lloyd, 19, and Lamont Mosely, 25, were issued summonses and released, police said.

The arrests came two days after the death of Tupac Shakur, a rapper who was shot Sept. 7 in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas.

Shakur and Wallace were considered rivals, and Shakur blamed Wallace for a 1994 shooting in which Shakur was hit four times and robbed of $40,000 in jewelry. Wallace denied involvement and the case has not been solved.

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