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Faith Evans, husband arrested on drug charges

R&B singer booked on possession of cocaine, marijuana
/ Source: The Associated Press

R&B singer Faith Evans and her husband, record executive Todd Russaw, were arrested on drug possession charges.

Evans and Russaw were charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana and booked at the Fulton County Jail. Bond was set at $12,000 for Evans and $11,000 for Russaw, and a judge scheduled a preliminary hearing for Feb. 11.

The couple’s vehicle was pulled over around 7:50 p.m. Tuesday for an improperly displayed temporary license plate. During the traffic stop, officers found a “minimal amount” of marijuana on both of them as well as cocaine residue on Evans, said Hapeville police spokesman Capt. William Lyons.

Neither were under the influence at the time, Lyons said.

Evans’ attorney, Vincent L. Dimmock, said his client never was in possession of any drugs or narcotics. He called the charges “ridiculous.”

Evans, 30, is best known for hits such as “You Gets No Love” and “Soon As I Get Home". She earned a Grammy nomination for her duet “Can’t Believe” with Carl Thomas, recorded on her 2001 album, “Faithfully,” and recently appeared in the film “The Fighting Temptations” with Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyonce Knowles. Evans also has worked with Whitney Houston and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, who signed Evans to his Bad Boy label.

Evans is the widow of the late rapper Christopher Wallace, known as The Notorious B.I.G. Wallace was killed in a drive-by shooting in March 1997. Evans is the mother of Wallace’s young son.

Evans, a native of Newark, N.J., recently moved to the Atlanta area.