While the details surrounding the arrest of 21 Savage on February 3 by ICE officials in Atlanta are still scant, more information on the events of his detainment has emerged. According to a federal law enforcement source who spoke to CBS News, Savage’s arrest took place at the same time as an unrelated operation targeting Young Nudy, another rapper who is also Savage’s cousin, and two other men. The four men were pulled over in a vehicle and were subsequently arrested.
Nudy was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and participation in criminal gang activity, according to records viewed by Pitchfork.
To recap, ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said 21, real name Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was apprehended in a “targeted operation” as he is in fact an “unlawfully present United Kingdom national.” They stipulate that 21 entered the US in 2005 at the age of 12, and has remained illegally since it expired in 2006. In previous interviews, 21 Savage has indicated his mother is from Dominica, a former territory of the British Commonwealth, but it is unclear at this time which nationality ICE is indicating. He is currently being held in Georgia awaiting “removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts.”
21 Savage’s attorney, Dina LePolt, told TMZ that “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.”