Upon being pulled over for running a stop sign in Los Angeles last week, Atlanta rapper Soulja Boy was immediately arrested when authorities found a loaded gun in his vehicle. But according to the Southern musician’s manager, CEO Miami Mike, Soulja Boy was unaware of the loaded gun in the car.
Miami Mike revealed the news to TMZ and added that it was a neighbor who left the gun under one of the car’s seats.
Soulja Boy’s manager also stated that his client never took responsibility for the gun and merely informed authorities that he was the owner of the car. As a result, TMZ reports that Soulja Boy is claiming that the search performed on his vehicle was not legal.
Contrary to Soulja Boy’s claims of an illegal search, authorizes say the search was authorized since the gun was in plain view.
Soulja Boy was arrested on January 22 in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles while reportedly traveling with fellow rapper Arab who was driving Soulja’s car at the time of the arrest. During an interview with DJ Whoo Kid, he suggested that the amount of press his arrest has received over the past few days is the result of him “being young and being successful.”
“It’s just being young and being successful,” he said. “I feel like, if I was a regular person, it wouldn’t get promoted in the media.”
The rapper found himself in a similar situation in 2011 when he was arrested in Temple, Georgia after police found marijuana, guns, and cash inside of his car. He even went on to offer an apology to fans in a tweet sent on October 19, 2011.
“Thank you and i’m sorry. love you forever, seeing your letters and you standing outside that jail made me feel the love. my fans r the best,” Soulja Boy said via Twitter.