Police arrested two self-described rappers for illegal gun possession and a third for public intoxication after stopping their car in Pasadena on Wednesday night, officials said.
Officers stopped a car for speeding about 9:20 p.m. at North Fair Oaks Avenue and Mountain Street, according to Pasadena Police Department Lt. Anthony Burgess. Upon approaching the car, officers could smell marijuana.
A search of the car turned up two loaded handguns, Burgess said.
Shaheed Finn, 24, of Las Vegas and James Haley, 24, of Los Angeles were booked on suspicion of weapon-related violations, Burgess said. A third person in the car, 29-year-old Marice Hopkins of Georgia, was arrested on suspicion of public intoxication.
The suspects told police they were rappers on their way to a show in Los Angeles, and that they had the weapons for protection.
According to county booking records, bail for Finn was set at $35,000 pending his initial court appearance. Haley was released from custody Thursday after posting a $35,000 bond, and Hopkins was released with a citation.