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Popular Chinese comedian faces weapon, drug charges in NY

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/7/2017 By FRANK ELTMAN, Associated Press
This Jan. 19, 2017 photo provided by the Nassau County Police Dept. shows a booking photo of Chinese comedian Zhou Libo taken in Mineola, N.Y., after his arrest on weapon and drug possession charges. Zhou, 49, a former judge on the "China's Got Talent" television program, has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from his arrest in the village of Lattingtown, N.Y., where police officers stopped the black Mercedes he was driving shortly after midnight because they said he had been driving erratically. (Nassau County Police Dept. via AP) © The Associated Press This Jan. 19, 2017 photo provided by the Nassau County Police Dept. shows a booking photo of Chinese comedian Zhou Libo taken in Mineola, N.Y., after his arrest on weapon and drug possession charges. Zhou, 49, a former judge on the "China's Got Talent" television program, has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from his arrest in the village of Lattingtown, N.Y., where police officers stopped the black Mercedes he was driving shortly after midnight because they said he had been driving erratically. (Nassau County Police Dept. via AP)

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A Chinese comedian and former judge on the "China's Got Talent" television program is facing drug and weapon charges in New York.

Zhou Libo was arrested during a traffic stop Jan. 19 in Lattingtown, east of New York City. Police said he had been driving erratically.

Officers said they noticed a shoulder holster in the back seat and found a loaded pistol and two plastic bags containing crack cocaine in a backpack.

He has pleaded not guilty. His attorney declined to comment on the charges but said his client has confidence in the judicial system.

His case was adjourned until June 9.

Last July, the Shanghai native performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

He was a judge on the popular "China's Got Talent" program in 2010 and 2011.

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