21 Savage has turned himself in to Atlanta police after a warrant was issued for his arrest, following his 2019 ICE case.
On Thursday, the U.K. born rapper -- real name She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph -- surrendered to police after finding out about the warrant, which was issued on Septemeber 7 by a local magistrate. The document claims that 21 threw out a bottle of codeine and also had a handgun in the car when he was stopped by Atlanta police back in January 2019.
Savage was held behind bars for a month after officials claimed he was in the U.S. illegally and held him on drug and weapons charges. 21's lawyer, Charles Kuck, told reporters the he believes the September warrant was issued by ICE, who refuses to throw out the rapper's deportation case. Kuck stated:
"The warrant appears to have been sought at the behest of ICE, as the warrant was issued in the eve of an Immigration Court hearing in Mr. Joseph’s deportation proceeding, and is based upon events that transpired on the evening that ICE arrested Mr. Joseph over 2 and one-half years ago. There can be no doubt that ICE is seeking to cover its own errors in detaining Mr. Jospeh by pushing trumped-up charges against him and seeks to stop him from obtaining lawful permanent residence in the United States.”
The "Bank Account" rapper initially migrated to the U.S. with his mom when he was four-years old, however, his Visa expired by the time he was 13 years old. Kuck added:
" will continue to fight for his right to seek permanent residence in the United States through the immigration court. We look forward to the day when ICE will play fairly with all those who seek justice within our immigration system.”
After turning himself in on Thursday, Savage was released on bond later that evening. The rapper is set to join J.Cole for his Off-Season Tour on Friday, September 24 in Miami. His next court hearing regarding the immigration case will take place on November 1.