Nipsey Hussle Issues Statement On Codeine Arrest

Nipsey Hussle was arrested Wednesday, June 24 in Burbank, CA after police found a bottle of codeine in his car during a traffic stop, according to LA Times.

Nipsey’s attorney, Mark Biedstien, issued a statement to HotNewHipHop, clarifying his client’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. 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 [he] 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.”

Nipsey was pulled over on suspicion of traffic violations at 11:20 p.m. Officers discovered he had an outstanding warrant for driving with a suspended license.

But that’s not all they discovered.

With Nipsey’s consent, police searched the “Checc Me Out” rapper’s vehicle and found bottle of codeine without a label as well as a soft drink and a cup of ice. These ingredients are used to make Lean.

Lean, often called “Sizzurp” or “Purple Drank” has its origins in the South after Houston producer DJ Screw popularized the beverage.

Lean, when induced, provides its user a sedated feeling. Long-term use can have deadly side effects.

DJ Screw was found dead Nov. 16, 2000 in his studio following an overdose from a combination of Lean and drugs. A toxicology report found codeine, Valium and PCP in his system.

Nipsey was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance as well as for the outstanding warrant. He was released after posting $1,000 bail.

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