Houston bred emcee Z-Ro, whose real name is Joseph Wayne McVey, is facing legal trouble for the third time after the Harris County Sheriff's Department charged the rapper for felony possession
The self- proclaimed "King of the Ghetto
" and Rap-A-Lot
records MC has a trial date set for next Monday at the Harris County Courthouse
from a February 2009 bust.
Police allege that McVey, 33, was in possession of a codeine mixture weighing more than 28 grams but less than 199 grams, including adulterants and dilutants.
Prior to the current charge, the rapper was charged in 2003 on another codeine charge, for which he eventually spent a couple of stints in prison after violating his probation.
This case came about two weeks after McVey was busted for misdemeanor marijuana possession and later found not guilty after taking the stand in his own defense at trial.
"The jury believed him when he said he didn't do it," Robert Jones, McVey's attorney, told the press. "He's a very honest, forthright person."
Although very honest, according to a report, another conviction could spell years behind bars.
"Right now, the penalty has been enhanced, so I would have to look that up to see what exactly that is, but I anticipate that he is going to trial because he didn't do anything, so the penalty is zero
," Jones laughs.
Jones says his client is innocent of this charge. He says authorities found a bottle of pharmaceutical cough syrup in a bottle with someone else's name on the prescription in the back seat of a car in which McVey was riding.
Though set for Monday, Jones anticipates that the trial will be delayed, as he says that the D.A. has reindicted McVey for the same offense.
"They're trying to trump up the charges and make him scared so he'll take something
," he says. "It is nothing more than a form of intimidation. It doesn't change the facts of the case at all
It seems that the legal system is not playing around with rappers these days so we can only hope the best for Z-Ro. I just hope if he beats this case that he would run as far away from the “sizzurp” as possible.
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