Flesh-N-Bone, a member of the Cleveland-acclaimed rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony [click to read], was arrested Thursday evening in Canyon County, California following a routine traffic infraction. According to Santa Clarita’s The Signal, Flesh, real name Stantley Howse, had his vehicle searched during the stop, where a firearm and marijuana were reportedly found inside his car.
Charged with gun possession, this is not the first time Flesh has run into legal trouble. In 2000, he was sentenced to twelve years in prison after assaulting a person with an AK-47 assault rifle. For that case, Flesh ended up serving nearly eight years, when he was released in July of 2008.
Because of his prior history, Flesh is being held without bail at the local county jail, where he will appear in Santa Clarita Superior Court on Monday, April 6th to answer the gun charge.
Update: On Monday morning, reps from Bone Thugs-N-Harmony confirmed the story to be true through Sony Red Records, one of the group's labels. The statement said, "At this time, all the facts have not been revealed publicly, however I can assure you 100% that Mr. Howse has not walked backwards! We live in a great American country where one is innocent until proven guilty."
Flesh-N-Bone will go to his hearing later this morning.
Update: Yesterday, Flesh entered a not-guilty plea in Santa Clarita Super Court through his defense attorney. The rapper claimed the firearm, reportedly found in his Canyon City, California home in a subsequent search, not his car, was belonging his to his wife, a Chicago Police Department officer.
It has not been revealed if Flesh's wife is active with the force, or where she resides.
HipHopDX will keep you updated.