SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento-area rap artist Uzzy Marcus was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to a press release emailed to reporters by a spokesperson for the US Attorney’s Office.
The rapper, whose real name is Marcus Lawrence Weber, hails from Oak Park and has appeared on songs alongside fellow local stars like Mozzy, E Mozzy, and Celly Ru. The trio’s song “Hardline”, released in 2017, has been viewed thousands of times on YouTube.
Weber posted his latest music video last month to accompany his newly released single “Change Up.”
According to a probable cause statement filed in federal court, gang investigators who knew of Weber’s warrants saw him driving in Roseville and attempted to pull him over. When the patrol cars lit up behind Weber’s Kia, according to FBI Agent Gregory Richardson, he sped off and passed another car in an “unsafe manner.”
Weber, wearing a black ski mask, stopped his car several hundred yards later, got out, and attempted to flee through a creek bed. Police say he dropped a Ruger 5.7 with an extended magazine and a round in the chamber as he was running. Weber claimed the gun was for self-defense.
“You have four felony warrants,” an officer said to him after he surrendered. “You just ran from police and tossed a gun.”
Weber allegedly replied, “I know, but I didn’t kill nobody.”
The 26-year-old remains in federal custody at the Sacramento County Main Jail. Three of his open warrants, detailed in jail records, are for crimes such as corporal injury to a spouse, felon in possession of a firearm, and drug possession.
If he’s convicted of the federal charge, Weber could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.