By Jason A. Smith
Wacka Flocka Flame, a well-known rapper whose given name is Juaquin James Malphurs, was in the Henry County Jail, Tuesday, after surrendering to police, Monday, on drug and weapons charges.
Malphurs, 24, of Stockbridge, appeared Tuesday in Henry County Magistrate Court, and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. Judge Robert Godwin set his bond at $31,950 and bound his case over to superior court.
Another rapper, Gucci Mane, whose given name is Radric Davis, was at the home of Wacka Flocka Flame, during a raid involving the Henry County Criminal Apprehension and Gang Enforcement (CAGE) Unit on Dec. 16. It eventually resulted in charges being filed against the two rappers. Gucci Mane was detained after the raid, and later released, according to Henry County Police Maj. Jason Bolton.
Wacka Flocka Flame, said his attorney, Ted Johnson, was not at his residence at the time of the raid, and others present claimed ownership of the drugs and weapons found by lawmen after they executed a "no-knock" warrant.
Monday, Gucci Mane appeared in Fulton County Superior Court for violating terms of his probation, which stemmed from an unrelated altercation during a November traffic stop.
The legal entanglements involving the two rappers began when police conducted a raid last month on Malphur's residence at 103 Bayberry Hills in Stockbridge.
Henry County's CAGE Unit descended on Malphurs' home in the Eagle's Landing subdivision on Dec. 16, at 7 a.m.,according to Bolton.
"The unit discovered two firearms and a small amount of marijuana, and prescription drugs," Bolton said last month. "The firearms recovered were a Kel Tech .223 caliber sub-gun, and a Taurus .40 caliber semi-automatic."
In addition to the drugs allegedly found at Malphurs' home, authorities found gang paraphernalia, Bolton said. "The only reason he [Malphurs] was not arrested that day, is because he was not there when the warrant was issued," said Bolton.
Malphurs is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, possession of hydrocodone, a violation of the Criminal Street Gang and Terror Prevention Act, and a probation violation. The probation violation stems from Malphurs' prior arrest for driving with a suspended license, according to jail records.
Malphurs' attorney, Johnson, maintains that Malphurs is "not guilty" of the drug and weapons charges against him. "He was in traffic court. The person who was there [at the time of the raid], claimed the guns were his, and had the registration and receipts to prove it," said Johnson.
The attorney said Malphurs had not been home for several days, at the time the warrant was executed, and the drugs were also claimed by other individuals at the residence.
Police arrested Johan Michael Antney, 20, of Jamaica, N.Y., and Tyrell Raylon Mingo, 20, of Stockbridge, during the raid, according to Bolton. Each, the major said, is charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.Both were taken to the Henry County Jail, and later released on their own recognizance, according to jail records.
Davis' attorney, Michael Holmes, filed a special plea of mental incompetency on behalf of his client, who has battled drug problems in the past. Judge John Goger ordered Davis to undergo psychiatric tests. The rapper was sent to Anchor Hospital, a 111-bed psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment facility near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, according to the Associated Press.
Davis was arrested in Henry County July 23, 2008 for DUI, drug possession and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to jail records. Davis has been in the Fulton County Jail at least five times since 2005 on drug charges, aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges, according to the Associated Press.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.