Nipsey Hussle was arrested Wednesday (June 24) for codeine possession, according to the Los Angeles Times.
After pulling the rapper over for a traffic violation, officers allegedly found that Hussle had a warrant for driving with a suspended license.
The rapper also allowed officers to search his car, during which they found a bottle of the drug. Because Hussle couldn’t provide proof of a prescription for the codeine, he was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
During their search, the police also found a cup of ice and a soft drink, which along with codeine, make up the ingredients for what is known as “lean.”
Hussle was released after posting $1,000 bail.
(June 26, 2015)
UPDATE: Nipsey Hussle’s attorney, Mark Bledstein, has released a statement regarding the rapper’s arrest.
“My client, Ermias Asghedom, has a severe strep throat condition from performing multiple shows monthly and was prescribed cough syrup as a remedy,” Bledstein says in the statement, which was released via Hotnewhiphop.com. “He is currently in the final stages of the recording process of his new album Victory Lap, and couldn’t project his voice without treatment. The night of his arrest we was not driving but parked in front of a recording studio in Burbank when he was approached by the police. He willingly allowed the officers to search his car and told them where the cough syrup was. After running his name they found an outstanding traffic warrant that he was taken into custody for and cited out for later that night. I have contacted the courts and began the exoneration process for the cough syrup simply by providing his prescription. He is doing great and excited about his upcoming album release.”