Rapper, crew busted by THP

Monday, April 11, 2011

Louisiana-based rapper Lil' Webbie is scheduled for a drug hearing in Marshall County General Sessions Court on April 26.

Webster "Lil' Webbie" Gradney, Jr., 25, Baton Rouge, La., was riding in a rented 2010 Nissan Altima driven by Derric Watson, 34, of Zachary, La., who was operating on a suspended drivers license, records show.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Wayne Dunkleman, a former Interdiction Plus Team Leader, was monitoring Interstate 65 traffic speeds with radar equipment on Monday when he found that the gold-colored Altima was going 78 mph in a 70 mph zone, Watson's warrant states.

"During the traffic stop, Gradney did shake marijuana out of the passenger window and then dropped baggies to the roadway," Dunkleman wrote in the arrest warrant charging Gradney with possession of 46 grams of "green leafy material." Shaking the alleged marijuana to the highway led to the charge of tampering with evidence.

Once Dunkleman got the car stopped, he "approached the vehicle and immediately secured Mr. Gradney, finding $13,240 in a cardboard box on his lap and two ounces of marijuana on his person," the THP reported Thursday. "Dunkleman then also recovered a loaded .357 revolver from passenger Michael Jermaine Abbott, 22, of Baton Rouge. He also had $916 in his possession."

Abbott was charged with unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon, a loaded Smith & Wesson revolver, court records show. Abbott, Watson and Tyrone T. Terrio, 34, of Baton Rouge, are also scheduled for a sessions court hearing with Gradney on April 26. Terrio is charged with simple possession of marijuana that was found on the front of his shirt and lap.

Gradney, who was riding in the front passenger seat, and his associates were driving to Baton Rouge after a performance by Gradney in Louisville, Ky., on Sunday, a THP spokeswoman said.

The four men were arrested along the southbound lanes of I-65 at about 10 a.m. Monday and taken to the Marshall County Jail where they were booked and released on bond.