Rapper 21 Savage Arrested by ICE in Atlanta, Set to be Deported Back to the UK

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ICE has arrested 21 Savage, claiming he’s actually from the United Kingdom. He was arrested in Atlanta during a targeted operation, according to ICE spokesman Bryan Cox, and is set to be deported.

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested unlawfully present United Kingdom national Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph AKA ’21 Savage’ during a targeted operation with federal and local law enforcement partners early Sunday in metro Atlanta,” Cox said of the arrest. “Mr. Abraham-Joseph was taken into ICE custody as he is unlawfully present in the U.S. and also a convicted felon.”

However, attorney Jacoby Hudson—who worked with 21 on getting his 2014 conviction expunged—disputes Cox’s latter claim.

“He’s not a convicted felon, so they reported that wrong, from their 2014 arrest,” Hudson said. “That arrest should be expunged. He has no felony convictions.”

The rapper wasn’t arrested as part of a Super Bowl-related ICE operation. He reportedly was was in a car with another undisclosed artist, “who was subject of a local police bust.”

According to VICE reporter Donovan Farley, that hip-hop artist was Young Nudy.

21’s attorney Dina LaPolt told TMZ, “We are 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.”

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SOURCE: Complex – Joe Price