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21 Savage reportedly arrested by ICE, says he's actually from the UK

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21 Savage has been taken into custody and faces possible deportation from the United States. WSB-TV 2 in Atlanta reports that the rapper has been arrested by Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE), who claims that the rapper is actually from the UK, and not Atlanta as he's been known for representing.

Federal agents have released a statement via

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested unlawfully present United Kingdom national Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph AKA "21 Savage" during a targeted operation with federal and local law enforcement partners early Sunday in metro Atlanta. Mr. Abraham-Joseph was taken into ICE custody as he is unlawfully present in the U.S. and also a convicted felon.

Mr. Abraham-Joseph initially entered the U.S. legally in July 2005, but subsequently failed to depart under the terms of his nonimmigrant visa and he became unlawfully present in the U.S. when his visa expired in July 2006. In addition to being in violation of federal immigration law, Mr. Abraham-Joseph was convicted on felony drug charges in October 2014 in Fulton County, Georgia.

Mr. Abraham-Joseph is presently in ICE custody in Georgia and has been placed into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts. ICE will now await the outcome of his case before a federal immigration judge to determine future actions."

21's recent album I Am > I Was debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 100, making it his first number one album. On Friday (Feb. 1), the rapper released the video for the song "A Lot" featuring J. Cole.

We'll update this story as more information becomes available.

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