A North Carolina rapper and his promoter were arrested on drug charges after police found marijuana and a teddy bear stuffed with cocaine during a motor vehicle stop in Fort Lee last night, police said.
Darnell A. Brittingham, 23, also known by his rap alias King Tut, and his promoter, Brandon J. Buckley, 22, were stopped by Officer Dennis Pothos for several motor vehicle violations, said police Capt. Joseph Zevitz. The pair was driving in a 2005 white Toyota Camry Solara with New York tags around 9:30 p.m. last night on Route 1 and 9 south, Zevitz said. The highway is also commonly referred to as Route 46 and heavily traveled by motorists who have come from New York, said Zevitz, who was not aware of where the pair was traveling from.
Pothos smelled an odor of raw marijuana coming from the car and saw marijuana inside the vehicle, which prompted a search, Zevitz said.
Police found multiple small plastic bags of marijuana and a half ounce of cocaine stuffed inside the toy bear, Zevitz said. A digital scale and plastic bags used for drug packaging and distribution were also found, he said.
Both were charged with manufacturing/distribution or intent to manufacture/distribute a controlled dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, Zevitz said.
Brittingham, the driver, was also issued motor vehicle summonses for tailgating, tinted windows and possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle, the captain said.
Both were taken to the Bergen County Jail.
Brittingham, of Weaverville, N.C., was being held on $25,000 bail and Buckley, of Kansas City, Mo., on $15,000 bail.
"King Tut" is an unsigned artist and affiliated with rap entourage 730 Dips, a subset of the Harlem-based group known as the Diplomats or Dipset, according to his MySpace page. Dipset members have included rappers Cam'Ron, Jim Jones, Juelz Santana and Freekey Zekey.