Bay Area rapper J Diggs, clocked at 75 mph, arrested on suspicion of felony gun possession in Truckee
January 10, 2015
TRUCKEE — The co-CEO of San Francisco hip-hop record label Thizz Entertainment was arrested Thursday evening in Truckee on suspicion of felony possession of a handgun.
J Diggs, 43, of Sacramento, was driving a rented 2015 Chevrolet Suburban eastbound on Interstate 80 when he was pulled over near the Hirschdale off-ramp for speeding, said California Highway Patrol Officer Michael McDonnell.
Diggs, a Bay Area rapper, was clocked at 75 mph, McDonnell said. Once Diggs stopped, McDonnell said he smelled a "strong odor of marijuana" and also noticed the vehicle's backseat had been modified and "broken open so you could see in it," leading to a probable cause search of the Suburban.
Inside, a loaded .40 caliber handgun reportedly was found. Diggs was arrested without incident and booked early Friday morning on suspicion of being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
He remained in Nevada County Jail as of midday Friday on $50,000 bail.
One of Diggs' passengers, David Carlos Gutierrez, 27, of Citrus Heights, Calif., also was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, possession of a controlled substance and vandalism.
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Gutierrez was "less than cooperative," McDonnell said, and damaged the dashboard of a CHP vehicle after he was detained. Gutierrez reportedly also was found with roughly three grams of heroin.
Gutierrez was released Friday morning. A third passenger was released at the scene, McDonnell said.
Diggs was named co-CEO of Thizz Entertainment in 2004 after its founder, renowned rapper and West Coast hip hop pioneer Mac Dre, was shot to death.
Rappers Kilo Curt, Miami tha Most and Mac Mall are also co-CEOs of the independent label that was initially named Romp Records upon its founding in 1996.
According to media reports, Diggs, Mac Dre and Kilo Curt were arrested in 1992 in Fresno on charges of conspiracy to rob a bank; Diggs received a 10-year prison sentence.
According to his biography, Diggs — a Vallejo native who drew inspiration from hip hop legends Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Run DMC, LL Cool J, and Too Short — made a bigger name for himself as a rapper while incarcerated.
He was also reportedly arrested in 2012 on suspicion of assault and attempted murder in Hawaii, and in 2013 in Utah on a felony warrant out of Hawaii, and for drug and drug-related charges.
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