Wu-Tang Clan Affiliate, Child Actor Shyheim Arrested On Gun, Heroin Charges

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Shyheim (pictured), a child rapper who was affiliated with the chart-busting hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan, was reportedly arrested Wednesday on felony gun and drug possession charges, after New York City police raided his Staten Island apartment, reports Vlad TV.

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Using a warrant to raid Shyheim’s home, Staten Island police reportedly uncovered a revolver, five rounds of ammunition, 41 files of heroin, Xanax (anti-anxiety medication), and drug paraphernalia for weighing and selling drugs, which had been reportedly tucked away in various spots throughout the residence.

Since the young performer had a previous 2002 attempted robbery conviction, where he spent a year in prison, he is not allowed to possess firearms.

Meanwhile, Shyheim faced a slew of charges during his arraignment, including second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The 35-year-old rapper, whose actual name is Shyheim Dionel Franklin, just so happens to be the cousin of the most-prominent member of Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah. Shyheim rose to fame in 1993, when he released his Virgin Records album debut, “AKA the Rugged Child,” which spawned the monster hit single “On and On” that rose to the No. 7 spot on the R&B Billboard’s chart.

Watch Shyheim’s “On and On” here:

Shyheim continued to release albums under the auspices of the Wu Tang but was associated with the group G.P. Wu. He later sashayed in to acting and managed to land roles in such memorable films, such as “The Preacher’s Wife,” “Original Gangstas,” and “In Too Deep.”  He also landed the role of “Skye” in the ’90s TV hit “The Parent ‘Hood,” starring comedian Robert Townsend.

Shyheim is currently being held on $10,000 bail until his court appearance next week.

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