Embattled rapper Bobby Shmurda has pleaded not guilty to a number of charges, including gun possession and conspiracy, stemming from his arrest in New York City on Wednesday (17Dec14).

The up-and-coming hip-hop star, real name Ackquille Pollard, was taken into custody along with members of his entourage in Manhattan, as part of a gun and drug investigation.

Authorities tell Billboard.com that Pollard and more than 15 other defendants have been charged with a variety of crimes, including murder, attempted murder, assault and drug dealing.

At the time of the arrest, police found two handguns and a small amount of crack cocaine in a car, in which Pollard was a passenger.

In the court documents, Pollard allegedly fired a gun in the direction of a crowd of people in Brooklyn earlier this year (14), and last year (13) he was also reportedly present for a confrontation between rival drug gangs outside of a Brooklyn courthouse, where shots were fired.

On Thursday (18Dec14), Pollard, 20, was in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, where he pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, reckless endangerment and gun possession.

He is currently being held on $2 million (£1.25 million) bail.

The rapper's lawyer, Howard Greenberg, tells the Associated Press that Pollard has been falsely accused, saying, "Does it make sense that he would resort to committing crimes when he has the world in the palm of his hand? It’s ridiculous."

The incident marks Shmurda's third encounter with cops in the past six months - he was busted in June (14) for felony criminal possession of a weapon, which carries a sentence of up to 15 years, while he was also slapped with a drug possession charge in October (14).