A rap musician is scheduled to be in court this morning for a preliminary hearing on drug charges after Wilkinsburg police said they found heroin in a vehicle he was driving Aug. 30.
An attorney for Joseph Barnett, 21 of Wilkinsburg said the drugs in question did not belong to his client.
"I just think that it's overblown, overcharged, and when everything is settled, it will be fine," defense attorney Paul Gettleman said Wednesday.
Mr. Barnett faces a felony charge of possession with intent to deliver, resisting arrest, drug possession and traffic violations.
Wilkinsburg police said Mr. Barnett ran a stop sign about 2:30 a.m. Aug. 30. Mr. Barnett told officers who pulled him over that he didn't have a valid driver's license, police said.
Officers said they searched Mr. Barnett's vehicle and found an estimated 250 individual stamp bags of heroin.
At one point, while handcuffed, Mr. Barnett pulled away from an officer and started to run, but officers tackled him, they said.
Mr. Barnett, known professionally as Hardo, recently signed a record deal with Atlanta rapper T.I.'s Hustle Gang, according to Mr. Barnett's manager, Barry Johnson, as well as Mac Miller's label, REMember Music. His song "Cut Throat" has more than 440,000 views on YouTube.
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