The police action that resulted in the arrest and detention of rapper 21 Savage on Sunday (Feb. 3) in Atlanta on alleged immigration violations was spurred by a stop targeting fellow MC Young Nudy (born Quantavious Thomas).
According to CBS News Atlanta, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested British-born Savage (born Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph) after claiming he’d been living in the U.S. illegally for a decade during a targeted operation early Sunday morning whose focus was Nudy and two other, unnamed men, for reasons “unrelated to the immigration arrest.”
All four were reportedly pulled over in a vehicle and arrested. DJ BJ, who has worked with both artists, tweeted several times on Sunday night to dispute the authorities’ account of the arrest, specficially saying that the two rappers were not in the same car at the time of the arrest as reported.
Fake news. Savage and Nudy won’t even in the same car. Don’t let media lie to y’all https://t.co/PgFUBLlqkp
— Hennessy Papi (@RealDJBJ) February 4, 2019
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Monday (Feb. 4) that Nudy was booked into DeKalb County jail on aggravated assault and gang charges around 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning when both men were arrested following a traffic stop. The arrest report says that Nudy was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and unlawful for person employed/associated with criminal street gang to conduct/participate in criminal activity.
Grammy-nominated Savage was arrested in a targeted operation in the Atlanta area on Sunday involving local and federal law enforcement officers, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with officials claiming that Abraham-Joseph is a British citizen who overstayed his visa and is also has a felony conviction. Savage’s lawyer said she is working to get him out of detention “while we work with the authorities to clear up any misunderstandings.”
Savage entered the U.S. legally in July 2005, but has been present in the country illegally since his visa expired in July 2006, according to an ICE spokesperson. He was convicted on felony drug charges in October 2014 in Fulton County and has been been placed in deportation proceedings in federal immigration court following his arrest.
At press time spokespeople for Nudy and Savage could not be reached for comment; a spokesperson for ICE had not returned requests for comment.