21 Savage was in possession of loaded Glock at time of arrest: Police

Officers initially stopped the rapper after he performed an illegal turn in his vehicle

21 Savage, photo by Philip Cosores

As 21 Savage sits an ICE detention center fighting for his freedom, TMZ has uncovered more details of the circumstances that led to his arrest.

According to three police reports obtained by TMZ, 21 Savage was pulled over by Atlanta police on Sunday (February 3rd) after driving across a sidewalk in an attempt to get onto another street. (Atlanta was hosting the Super Bowl on the day of his arrest.) Upon stopping, 21 Savage allegedly dumped a bottle containing an unknown substance, which caused police to immediately handcuff him.

After searching his vehicle, officers discovered a loaded Glock pistol in the glovebox, according to TMZ. A styrofoam cup containing an unknown substance was found in the center console.

It was previously reported that 21 Savage’s arrest was part of a sting operation primarily targeting his cousin, Young Nudy, who was subsequently charged with aggravated assault and violation of the Georgia Gang Act. At the time, 21 Savage was driving alongside Young Nudy’s car and a third vehicle. In one of the other vehicles, police found an M4 rifle in the floorboard, the police reports state.

It’s unclear how or why ICE got involved, but the agency eventually took 21 Savage in custody and is now facing deportation for violating terms of his nonimmigrant VISA. (The rapper is a UK national, but has been living in Atlanta since 2005.)

In a statement to TMZ, 21 Savage’s attorney, Brian Steel, said neither the gun nor the vehicle driven by 21 Savage belonged to him.

Update: In a statement to Consequence, 21 Savage’s newly hired lawyer, Alex Spiro, said “ICE has confirmed he was targeted for immigration enforcement and nothing more. He was never arrested by the police, and some other individual’s firearm and vehicle is not our concern here.”


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