Prosecutors drop charges against Jadakiss


WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Prosecutors are dropping a drug-and-gun case against Jadakiss, a year after the rapper's arrest.

His lawyer said it was "a travesty that the case went this far."

The Westchester County district attorney's office asked a judge last week to dismiss the charges against the rapper, whose real name is Jason Phillips, and a co-defendant, Kristian Smith.

Phillips, Smith and Darnell Frazier were arrested last October in Yonkers, the rapper's hometown, and indicted in February. Police claimed they smelled marijuana coming from the men's car and then found a gun inside.

A jury last month acquitted Frazier after DNA tests didn't link any of the three to the gun.

Jadakiss' attorney, Clement Patti, said the 32-year-old rapper "has had this cloud over his head for a year, affecting his career."

The dismissal becomes official after the prosecutor's motion is granted by the judge.