Rapper 21 Savage was arrested for drug and gun crimes in 2019.
According to Buzzfeed, the DeKalb County Jail records show that 21 Savage – real name Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph – was arrested in Georgia on Friday. According to the publication, Joseph has since been released on bail.
The charges relate to an incident in February 2019 that resulted in his arrest by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Service (ICE) for violating the terms of his nonimmigrant visa. While Joseph has lived in Atlanta, Georgia since 2006, he was born in the UK.
He was reportedly stopped in Atlanta while driving across the sidewalk to get onto another street.
After Joseph was stopped, he allegedly threw away a bottle containing an unknown substance, which resulted in his being immediately handcuffed.
The substance reportedly tested positive for codeine and a gun was found in his car.
It has now been reported that a DeKalb County Magistrate Court judge signed an arrest warrant authorizing his arrest on suspicion of drug and gun possession, which prompted Joseph to surrender himself.
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"The warrant appears to have been requested at the behest of ICE as the warrant was issued on the eve of an immigration court hearing in Mr Joseph's deportation proceedings and is based on events that occurred on the night ICE arrested Mr Joseph over two and a half ago Years ago, ”Charles Kuck, managing partner of Kuck Baxter Immigration, who represents Joseph, told Buzzfeed.
"There is no doubt that ICE is trying to hide its own mistakes in arresting Mr. Joseph by bringing trumped-up charges against him and trying to prevent him from obtaining legal permanent residence in the United States," added Look at it.
A hearing on Joseph's immigration status is now scheduled for Monday, November 1st, with Kuck alleging that ICE officials refused to end the original case.
"We are grateful for the efforts of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office for the speedy processing and release of Mr. Joseph," said Kuck.
“He will continue to fight for his right to seek permanent residence in the United States through the immigration court. We look forward to the day when ICE will play fair with all those who seek justice within our immigration system. "
You can find more information on this topic in the Hip Hop Observer.