Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Shyheim has reportedly been arrested on felony gun and drug possession charges after New York police raided his Staten Island apartment last week.
Details of the unexpected police raid surfaced online Tuesday (April 23).
Shyheim Franklin, 35, has been arrested on felony charges, after an early-morning raid of his 185 St. Mark’s Pl. apartment in St. George turned up a gun and drugs, police allege. The raid took place Friday at 6:15 a.m. — members of the Staten Island Gang Squad used a warrant to search Franklin’s apartment, where under his mattress they reported finding a sock with a .32 caliber Serrifile Inc. Terrier One revolver and five rounds of ammo inside, according to court papers. Franklin’s criminal record means he has no business possessing a gun, according to court papers. Police also found 41 glassines of heroin in a safe under his bed, a Xanax pill in a plastic zipper bag on his bedside table, and a scale alongside empty bags and glassines under his bed, court papers allege. (SI Live)
He has remained in jail since last week but is slated to make a court appearance today.
Franklin was arraigned in Stapleton Criminal Court on Saturday, on several felony and misdemeanor charges, including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to information from District Attorney Daniel Donovan’s office. As of Monday night he remains in Rikers Island, held on $10,000 bail until his next court appearance, on Tuesday. (SI Live)
A few years ago, Wu-Tang’s Method Man compared Shy to rap star Lil Wayne.
“And I’m pretty sure that if Shy was of age at the time all this stuff was happening he’d still be where he was at. You know what I’m saying? At that f*cking peak where it’s like right now I’d be watching the MTV Video Awards and sh*t, talking to Lil Wayne about the game and sh*t or sitting right next to the n*gga — ’cause he from that same grain. And not for nothing I know he still got it cause he’s still young. So he can still do it. I just don’t see little Shyheim anymore. I see Shy the man.” (Check Mate New York)
The rapper is most known for joining the Wu family during his teenage years.
The youngest member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Shyheim entered with his debut album at the ripe young age of 14. Lyrically he impressed rappers with a skill level that would make any hip-hop fan forget about his age altogether. A native of Staten Island, NY, Shyheim even spent time living with Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah. Shyheim released The Lost Generation in 1996, while the acclaimed Manchild followed in 1999. (All Music)