HOUSTON – Houston rapper Paul Wall and fellow rapper Baby Bash appeared in a Houston courtroom Tuesday on drug charges.
Wall, whose real name is Paul Michael Slayton, 35; Bash, whose real name is Ronald Ray Bryant, 47, and eight other people were arrested last week during a raid, Houston police said.
Wall and Bash were both charged with manufacturing and delivering a controlled substance between 4 and 400 grams. According to court documents, the substance was tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.
Bryant said the arrests happened during a “gathering of the cannabis community.” He also referred to the gathering as a “smokeout.”
During Tuesday’s hearing, the prosecutor said undercover officers knew the time and location of the “smokeout” because of an Instagram account called “Secret Smoke Society,” which advertised the location of the event and a $10 cover charge. He said marijuana, THC oil and pills were found at the party.
The judge called this a case of “engaging in organized, criminal activity,” and ordered random drug testing.
Wall told the judge that he would test positive for four drugs if she immediately tested him. His attorney said Wall suffers from a problem with his back. The judge asked for proof of valid prescriptions.
If convicted, prosecutors said, the group can face up to life in prison.
Houston rappers Paul Wall & Baby Bash enter Harris Co courtroom. Both are facing drug charges. Baby Bash said on Facebook, "just some weed" pic.twitter.com/DHaWyhB1kH— Haley Hernandez (@KPRC2Haley) December 27, 2016
Court docs say the rappers were manufacturing & delivering 4-400 grams. Paul Wall's attorney says he's not guilty pic.twitter.com/QQHVGgapEX— Haley Hernandez (@KPRC2Haley) December 27, 2016