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Broward County officers arrest rapper on drug, weapons charges

Fort Lauderdale area residents may have heard of local rapper Trick Daddy. The 39-year-old Liberty City native, whose legal name is Maurice Young, first became popular in South Florida in the 1990s. His hit singles have included "Thug Holiday" and "I'm a Thug." Unfortunately he has also had a number of run-ins with the law over the years. The most recent came early this month when he was arrested at his Broward County home on felony possession of a weapon and felony drug charges.

Members of a task force from the Broward County Sheriff's Office went to Young's home to execute a "sniff warrant"-a form of search warrant which authorizes the use of drug-sniffing dogs outside a building. An officer confronted Young as he started to back his car out of the driveway. When told about the sniff warrant, Young allegedly admitted he had cocaine and marijuana in the home.

Young at first gave consent for officers to search the home. When police went in, however, he rescinded that consent. Four hours later, the officers returned with a warrant-this time allowing them to search inside the home. They claim they found cocaine and a 9mm handgun in the house. Young was arrested on felony charges of drug possession and possession of a weapon and ammunition as a convicted felon.

Florida law prohibits convicted felons from owning or possessing a firearm or ammunition. In a case in which a gun is found during a search of a home, the prosecution will have to show that the accused had actual or constructive possession of the weapon. If the gun was in the home but the accused can show it belonged to someone else and that he did not know it was there, the charges should be dismissed.

Source: Miami Herald, "Trick Daddy busted in Broward on firearms and drug charges," Charles Rabin, April 4, 2014

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