UPDATED 9/30, 1:30 p.m. ET: YoungBoy Never Broke Again was released on late Tuesday afternoon, local station WBRZ 2 reported.
A series of video posts on social media indicate he allegedly bailed out the other 15 people who were arrested.
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YoungBoy Never Broke Again was among 16 people who were reportedly arrested on drug and firearms charges in his native Baton Rouge on Monday.
WAFB 9 reports that the rapper has been hit with multiple drug, felony possession, and stolen firearms charges, as have all 16 individuals involved in the incident.
According to WBRZ, police records show the Baton Rouge rapper was arrested at an abandoned property on Chippewa Street around 4:30 p.m. in response to reports of a large group of individuals brandishing firearms and filming a video. According to police, those involved were identified as members of two street gangs, Never Broke Again and Bottom Boy Guerillas.
BRPD says officers were given permission to search three of the seven vehicles at the scene. Authorities found about three grams of marijuana and one dose of hydrocodone in a clear bag inside the vehicles. A judge signed a search warrant for the remaining vehicles, which led officers to discover several handguns and rifles, including an AK-47. Officers also found more marijuana, digital scales, and xanax.
Police said another seven firearms were found in the grass nearby, including one stolen out of Texas.
According to police records, the marijuana was packaged for distribution and the scales found at the scene are used for packaging and selling narcotics. Additionally, the individuals had large amounts of cash on their persons, which was seized. Gaulden, known as NBA YoungBoy, was carrying more than $47,000 at the time alone, officers said.
A representative for YoungBoy shared this statement:
It is important to remember that when someone is arrested for a crime it does not mean they are guilty of anything.
Kentrell Gaulden is innocent of the crimes he was arrested for yesterday evening. He did not possess any firearms nor did he possess any controlled dangerous substances.
Law enforcement arrived on scene without any evidence of a crime occurring and immediately detained 15-20 young Black men solely based on an alleged tip that firearms were present on the scene. We still have the Second Amendment in the United States.
The immediate detention of these Black men was illegal in that it violated their Constitutional rights. The subsequent searches conducted by law enforcement were also illegal.
Even with the illegal searches that were conducted, no firearms or controlled dangerous substances were found on Mr. Gaulden’s person or in his immediate control.
Mr. Gaulden is innocent of the charges he was booked on last night and looks forward to defending himself as such.
Just last week, in a rare interview for TIDAL, YoungBoy commented on any supposed competition with some of his contemporaries, like DaBaby, Roddy Ricch, and Lil Baby, with YoungBoy saying that he doesn’t see them as rivals.
“It ain’t none of that,” he told Elliott Wilson. “You could never compete with a person. None of those people determine [what I do] or I determine where they gon’ go.”
The Baton Rouge rapper dropped off his latest album Top earlier this month, which topped the Billboard 200 during its opening week. He’s now released three No. 1 albums and a mixtape that peaked at No. 2 in less than a year.
YoungBoy has had multiple run-ins with the law before—and has recently had some wins. Back in December, he landed a plea deal in his assault and kidnapping case in Georgia. He received no jail time and instead was sentenced to 12 months of probation, fined $1,500, ordered to take anger management classes, and pled guilty to misdemeanor simple battery family violence. The charges stemmed from an incident in February 2018, where surveillance footage caught the rapper body-slamming and dragging his girlfriend into his room.
Also in December, a Louisiana judge decided to end the rapper’s probation early, allowing him the freedom to perform at shows and move to a different state. Prior to this, he had been jailed that year for being involved in a Miami shooting in which he was thought to be the target.