21 Savage has been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Atlanta’s WSB-TV reports.
The rapper, born Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was apprehended by I.C.E. on Sunday (Feb. 3) in Atlanta in what a spokesperson referred to as a “targeted operation.”
In a statement provided to reporters at the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, I.C.E. spokesperson Brian Cox claimed that Abraham-Joseph is a citizen of the United Kingdom who is “unlawfully present” in the United States. According to Cox, Abraham-Joseph entered the U.S. in 2005 on a visa that expired the following year.
He added that Abraham-Joseph has been “placed in removal proceedings before the federal courts,” and that he was previously convicted for drug charges in Atlanta in 2014.
Abraham-Joseph’s lawyer, Dina LaPolt, told TMZ that the rapper’s team is “working diligently to [get] Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding. Mr. Abraham-Joseph is a role model to the young people in the country — especially in Atlanta, Georgia and is actively working in the community leading programs to help underprivileged youths in financial literacy.”