Rapper Prodigy Starts Gun Trial; Faces 15 Years In Prison

Mobb Deep's Prodigy's trial for handgun possession started yesterday in New York.

Police stopped the G-Unit member's Chevy Suburban last October, after they witnessed Prodigy driving the opposite direction on a one way street, in an attempt to secure a parking spot in the Chelsea district of Manhattan.

According to the New York Post, two plainclothes officers testified yesterday (October 4) that they pulled over the armored SUV around 2:00 am on October 26, 2006, after witnessing Prodigy and passenger/producer The Alchemist make the illegal turn.

Both officers testified they witnessed Prodigy place has hand near or on the open console, where police allegedly found a loaded, unlicensed .22 caliber handgun.

Police said they had the right to search the car due to the hand motions of Prodigy and because of the SUV's heavily armored doors and reinforced windows.

Prodigy, born Albert Johnson, claims he had no idea the gun was in the compartment.

The rapper already has two convictions.

A third conviction could land him in prison for up to 15-years.

Gun charges against The Alchemist were dismissed, while Prodigy will start his defense on Tuesday (October 9).