ATLANTA (FOX 5 Atlanta) - Federal authorities detained the rapper known as 21 Savage during an immigration enforcement operation in metro Atlanta Sunday morning. Agents said the man, whose real name is Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, is in the country illegally and is also a convicted felon.
The rapper, songwriter, and record producer was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for overstaying his visa. The 26-year-old is a British national who arrived in America at the age of 14, according to the feds. Authorities said under the terms of his non-immigrant visa, 21 Savage was required to leave the U.S. by July 2006.
The feds say he was convicted on drug charges in Fulton County in 2014. Officials say more charges are possible.
ICE released the following statement:
No word yet from the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Georgia on those charges.
Meanwhile, a lawyer for 21 Savage says she is working to get the Grammy-nominated rapper out of federal immigration detention.
Lawyer Dina LaPolt said in an email to the Associated Press that she is working with authorities "to clear up any misunderstandings." She says Abraham-Joseph is a role model to many young people in the U.S., especially in Atlanta.
21 Savage is best known for his single "X" off the Metro Boomin collaborative album Savage Mode released in 2016. He also collaborated with Drake on the single "Sneakin."
The Associated Press contributed to this report