After pulling the rapper over for a traffic violation, officers asked the rapper to step out of the vehicle for a thorough search. During the search officers found a bottle of the drug codeine. Nipsey was unable to provide a proof of prescription. 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.”
Officers also discovered that Hussle also had a warrant for his arrest for driving with a suspended license. Hussle’s inability to provide proof of a prescription for the codeine led to his arrest for possession of a controlled substance & of course the warrant.
Hussle was released after posting $1,000 bail.
Since his release, 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. “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.”