Gun and Pot Charges Against Jadakiss Could Be Dropped

Jadakiss (search) will have charges of marijuana and gun possession dropped if he stays out of trouble for the next three months under a plea agreement reached in Cumberland County court.

The artist, whose real name is Jason T. Phillips, was given a deferred prosecution on the misdemeanor charges at a hearing Wednesday before District Court Judge Ed Donaldson.

Jadakiss, 29, of Yonkers, N.Y., was charged last July when he was in Fayetteville for a club performance.

An off-duty officer stopped the rapper's recreational vehicle after he spotted someone throwing firecrackers from the window and during a search found less than an ounce of marijuana and a pair of loaded .45-caliber pistols.

Under the plea agreement, Jadakiss paid $900 to cover a fine, restitution and court costs. He was due back in court June 14.

If Jadakiss, whose most recent album was "Kiss of Death" (search), doesn't violate his probation, the charges will be dropped, a common arrangement for first-time offenders.

Under the unsupervised probation, Jadakiss must destroy the guns, submit to searches and drug testing at the request of a probation officer, not use or possess illegal drugs and not break any North Carolina laws.

A drug assessment of Jadakiss by the director of a Fayetteville alcohol and drug counseling clinic concluded his marijuana use was isolated. Jadakiss passed a drug test.