Rapper Young Thug is facing eight counts of drug and gun felony charges stemming from a September 2017 arrest in Atlanta, Georgia. According to TMZ, the rapper (whose real name is Jeffrey Lamar Williams) is being charged with possession of hydrocodone, methamphetamine, and marijuana with intent to distribute. In addition, he faces two counts of codeine possession, possession of amphetamine, and alprazolam, plus a firearm possession charge.
The eight felony charges is fallout from last year, when Young Thug was pulled over by cops for tinted windows and found in possession of 2.5 oz. of marijuana. These charges are reportedly unrelated to the gun felony charge the rapper was hit with last month in Los Angeles, following a release party for his Slime Language album at Dave & Busters.
Atlanta doesn’t seem to be a good place for rappers and cannabis, as Ty Dolla $ign was arrested in the city Wednesday after a vehicle search found marijuana and cocaine in the limousine van he was in. The crooner was in Atlanta to perform alongside G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert, and YBN Nahmir on the Endless Summer Tour.
He was released on a $6,000 bond, though his lawyer, Drew Findling, contests the charges.
“He had no drugs on his person at all,” Findling told Channel 2 Action News. He said there were five others in the car, not six as police initially reported. “Apparently there was a small amount of some drug found in the car, and they let five people walk away. And they let the international superstar go into custody.”
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Back in 2015, Rick Ross was also arrested on misdemeanor marijuana charges outside Atlanta in Fayette County. Cops reportedly smelled marijuana emanating from the car and found five joints, leading to the charges.