Atlanta rapper 21 Savage spends 12 minutes in jail for drugs and guns
21 Savage’s attorney said an arrest warrant was issued against his arrest based on allegations arising from the rapper’s 2019 immigration case
Rapper 21 Wild surrendered to authorities on Thursday and spent a few minutes in jail after arrest warrants were issued against his arrest for drug and arms trafficking in Dekalb County.
The Grammy-winning rapper was briefly detained in Atlanta jail – he was released after just 12 minutes, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Atlanta lawyer Charles Kuck said the arrest is linked to the ongoing immigration litigation against the rapper, whose real name is Sheyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph.
In a widely publicized battle, Savage was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers in February 2019. Officials said 21 Savage is a British citizen who exceeded his visa in America.
ICE officials also claimed that the “No Heart” rapper was convicted of drug felony charges in 2014, which led to the warrant and deportation. His lawyer denied these allegations and Savage was released on $ 100,000 bond.
“These fabricated accusations are yet another example of how our justice system, from the ICE down to the local level, unfairly targets young black men who seek to exercise their rights,” Kuck said in a statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about 21 current Savage charges. “There is no legitimate basis for these accusations or for ICE’s continuing antics, and we will fight until Mr. Joseph is rightly vindicated.”
Many were shocked when news of Savage’s arrest broke on Super Bowl Sunday in 2019.
The rapper has become synonymous with Atlanta’s education and culture since he first appeared on the hip-hop scene in 2015, but was born in England and moved to Atlanta at the age of seven years.
ICE officers told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the arrest was part of a “targeted operation” to get Savage because he was a “UK national illegally present” and because they said he was also convicted on a drug charge .
In a meeting with Hello america, a week later, Savage recalled that officers pointed their guns at him and threatened him with deportation.
âI have been here for 20 years. That’s all I know, “he said during the interview. He also added that he didn’t know what a visa was or what the impact would be on him as a adult.
“As a minor, his family exceeded the validity period of his work visa and he, like nearly two million other children, found himself without legal status through no fault of his own,” Kuck said after Savage’s arrest.
ICE ultimately dropped the aggravated felony charge against Savage, after Kuck pointed out that the 2014 conviction was overturned and that they had no basis for the current charge.
The arrest warrant for his current one, suspected of drug possession and weapons possession, was authorized and signed by a local court judge on September 7.
Kuck claims that Savage was not aware of the warrant. The basis of the allegations cites that during the arrest of ICE in 2019, the rapper threw a bottle of liquid that tested positive for codeine and a handgun was found in the car.
âThe warrant appears to have been requested at the request of ICE, as the warrant was issued on the eve of an immigration court hearing in connection with Mr Joseph’s deportation proceedings, and is based on events that took place the night the ICE arrested Mr. Joseph. over two and a half years ago, âthe lawyer said in a statement.
Savage’s immigration case has been blocked due to court delays attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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