Earlier this week rapper Boosie Badazz was arrested by federal agents while leaving a San Diego court. The rapper was in court on Wednesday (June 14) to deal with gun charges he picked up in the California city last month, however the charges were dismissed.
TMZ reports that once Boosie left the courtroom he was arrested by federal agents. Although the circumstances leading to the arrest were not immediately known, new information says the federal charges stem from the same traffic stop that led to his state charges.
Prior to his May 27 arrest for gun possession, authorities say they had been monitoring Boosie’s social media feed in search of incriminating information. They eventually found some on May 6 when the rapper was seen on an instagram live feed with a gun tucked into the waistband of his red jeans. According to court documents obtained by TMZ, federal authorities claim that the San Diego Police Department was monitoring this Instagram feed and subsequently deployed officers to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Boosie was a passenger in the back seat.
Once the vehicle was pulled over, Boosie reportedly informed the officer that he didn’t have any weapons, but his security did. During the search, the officer found a loaded Hellcat 9mm in the guard’s bag, and also a loaded Glock 9mm on the rear passenger seat.
All three individuals present in the vehicle; Boosie, his security guard, and the driver, were subsequently apprehended. It was purported that during the arrest, authorities overheard Boosie expressing frustration towards the guard, accusing him of providing misleading information stating, “You told me they were in the bag.”
TMZ reports “Once cops reviewed the IG footage, they matched up the Glock with the weapon in Boosie’s waistband … and that’s why they busted him.”
Shortly after his arrest, Boosie took to social media to express regret and offer an apology to his family.
“I WANNA TAKE THIS TIME TO APOLOGIZE TO MY KIDS , IM SORRY AND I LOVE YALL FOREVER,” Boosie typed.
Boosie Badazz, whose real name is Torrence Hatch, is a 40-year-old rapper from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has been in and out of trouble with the law for most of his adult life. In 2009, Boosie was sentenced to eight years in a Louisiana State prison for drug and weapons charges. He was released from prison in 2014.
Since his release, Boosie has publicly discussed the charges against him and his incarceration, occasionally exhibiting behavior through videos that appears to taunt law enforcement, reminiscent of earlier occasions.
Boosie has pleaded not guilty to both the state and federal charges. He is currently being held in federal custody. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 11, 2023.