Desiigner Arrested on Drug and Gun Charges

Desiigner speaks backstage at Milk Studios
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Desiigner speaks backstage at Milk Studios on Aug. 10, 2016 in New York City.  

G.O.O.D. Music MC Desiigner was arrested in New York City Thursday night (Sept. 8) and charged with gun and drug charges, according to a spokesperson for the NYPD. The arrest stemmed from an alleged road rage incident that resulted in police pulling over an SUV in which the rapper was a passenger.

"It looks to be a road rage incident involving a Cadillac Escalade around 42nd Street and 8th Avenue in which words were exchanged and a firearm was brandished at the victim's vehicle," a spokesperson for the NYPD told Billboard. According to the NYPD, Desiigner (born Sidney Royel Shelby III) and four other unidentified people were in the SUV when the argument took place and after the gun was pointed at the unidentified victim the driver took down the SUV's license plate and called  911 to report the incident; the news was first reported by TMZ.

"When the vehicle was stopped there were controlled substances in plain sight and everyone inside was arrested," Navarro said, noting that they appeared to be prescription pills. All five people in the SUV were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of drugs with intent to sell. Only Desiigner was hit with an additional felony charge, felony criminal possession of a loaded weapon and menacing.

At press time the NYPD spokesperson said it appeared that the "Panda" rapper was still being processed at the 14th precinct. 

A rep for Def Jam, Desiigner's label, could not be reached for comment at press time.

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