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Rapper ODB Arrested, Again

March 27, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) _ Rapper ODB was back in jail Friday _ again.

Days after being released from jail on drug charges, the Wu-Tang Clan rapper, whose real name is Russell Jones, was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended license.

Detective Joseph Pentangelo said police stopped Jones for driving a car without a license plate along Harlem’s 125th Street about 7:30 p.m.

When they checked his driver’s license number, police discovered the license had been suspended _ for the sixth time _ and that Jones was wanted on an outstanding warrant for failing to pay child support.

His lawyer, Peter Frankel, said Jones will plead innocent.

Jones, 30, has a growing rap sheet.

On Wednesday he pleaded innocent in Los Angeles to a charge that he violated a new California law banning violent felons from wearing body armor. He was convicted of second-degree assault in New York in 1993.

He was a day late for that hearing because he was arrested Monday in New York on misdemeanor drug charges. In that case, police allegedly found a small amount of crack cocaine after a traffic stop.

He also faces trial in two other Los Angeles cases _ one for allegedly threatening to kill the mother of his 1-year-old child, and another for allegedly making death threats to guards at a nightclub.

He also has been accused of shoplifting in Virginia.

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