February 3, 2019 5:26 pm
Updated: February 3, 2019 6:44 pm

ICE arrests Grammy-nominated rapper, 21 Savage, says is in U.S. illegally

WATCH: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said the rapper is a British citizen who entered the U.S. legally in July 2005 but overstayed his visa, which expired in July 2006.

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Authorities in Atlanta say rapper 21 Savage is in federal immigration custody.

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox says the Grammy-nominated artist, whose given name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested in a targeted operation early Sunday in the Atlanta area.

Cox says Abraham-Joseph is a British citizen who entered the U.S. legally in July 2005 but overstayed his visa, which expired in July 2006. Cox said Abraham-Joseph was convicted on felony drug charges in Georgia in October 2014.

Cox says Abraham-Joseph has been placed in deportation proceedings in federal immigration court.

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Abraham-Joseph is nominated for two awards at next week’s Grammys, including record of the year for “Rockstar” alongside Post Malone.

A representative for Abraham-Joseph did not respond to an email seeking comment.

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