French Montana’s Video Shoot With Busta Rhymes and Ja Rule Comes to a Halt After NYPD Makes Five Arrests
French Montana was apparently filming the video for his new song, "Off the Rip," when the set in Brooklyn, N.Y. was infiltrated by cops on Saturday (May 30). Five arrests were made -- three men and two women -- on weapons and drugs charges, according to the New York Daily News.
The video for the song was reportedly a tribute to slain rapper Chinx, who is featured on the track. To help pay respect to Chinx, French welcomed artists like Ja Rule and Busta Rhymes to the shoot, which was raided by plain-clothes undercover officers at around 6:15 p.m. Police were allegedly tipped off by community residents who reported drugs and weapons on sight. Once on the scene, officers discovered weapons, cocaine, molly and marijuana.
Among those arrested was security guard Frank Bartlett, 35, who was taken into custody after a firearm was discovered in his waistband; and Ronald James, 32, who is accused of passing a pistol to his 27-year-old girlfriend, Ebonee Eastmond. Edward Elkins and Wendy Miranda, 30, were also arrested on weapons charges.
Chinx was shot and killed in Queens on May 17 after bullets ripped threw his Porsche Panamera 4 by a suspect who is still at large. In support of the tribute video, the set was packed with more than 150 people including fellow rappers Juelz Santana and N.O.R.E.
Police were likely close by the video set even before they were called by community residents to prevent another shooting incident similar to Chinx's murder.
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