JERSEY CITY — Rapper Cassidy’s latest appearance was not in front of an adoring crowd — it was in front of a judge.
Cassidy, whose real name is Barry Reese, was arrested in Jersey City Sunday by police officers responding to report of a parked van that reeked of marijuana.
Reese, 35, of Prospect Street, was arrested at about 4:10 p.m. in front of his home and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, the police report says.
Reese, whose hits include “My Drink n My 2 Step, “I’m a Hustla” and “Hotel,” made his first appearance on the charges Monday afternoon in Criminal Justice Reform Court in Jersey City via video link from Hudson County jail in Kearny.
At the hearing, Judge Margaret Marley remanded the charges to Jersey City Municipal Court, where they will be handled as disorderly persons offenses rather than criminal offense. He is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 4.
On Sunday, when officers approached the vehicle they found Reese reclined in the driver’s seat and a female in the passenger seat.
The officers said that when Reese saw them he sat up and began reaching under his seat. Fearing he had a weapon, the officers ordered him to stop, but he ignored them, the report says.
Reese then unlocked his door and police smelled raw marijuana in the vehicle and saw marijuana and a marijuana cigarette on the center console as they removed him from the vehicle, the report says.
The officers said the woman became “extremely agitated” and said “This is my car and my house. I’m not doing anything wrong.” When the officers pointed out the suspected marijuana, she said “But it’s not lit,” the report says.
Officers then found a marijuana grinder in the van and a bag of suspected marijuana under the seat where Reese had been reaching, the report says.
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