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Nicki Minaj in police custody in Amsterdam after being arrested for carrying drugs hours before her Manchester show

Singer Nicki Minaj is in police custody in Amsterdam after being arrested after drugs were reportedly found in her luggage just hours before she is due to perform in Manchester, according to a spokesperson for Netherlands border police.

“At this moment she is in custody,” said Robert van Kapel, a spokesperson for Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, the border police in charge of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, told The Independent.

Although Kapel did not name Minaj, who went live on Instagram while Amsterdam police were attempting to take her into custody, he said he “can confirm we have arrested a 41 year old American because we did a check at Schiphol Airport and found soft drugs with her and it’s illegal to export soft drugs in the Netherlands.”

Minaj is 41 years old. The Netherlands classifies marijuana, which is legal in the country, as “soft drugs” and Minaj revealed in her video that her bag contained pre-rolled joints that she said belonged to someone else.

Nicki Minaj filming what appears to be an airport official saying police want to search her luggage
Nicki Minaj filming what appears to be an airport official saying police want to search her luggage (Instagram)

“At this moment she is in interrogation and we are doing an investigation,” said Kapel. He noted that following the police investigation, they will be in contact with public prosectuors who will then decide to press charges or not.

In Minaj’s Instagram video, an official can be heard saying they wanted to arrest her for “carrying drugs,” an allegation that she denied.

An official tells Minaj that her bags were initially subjected to a “random quick check,” but that police wanted to do a full search. When she asked why, she was told that an officer “doesn’t believe that you don’t have more with you than you say,” noting that her decision to film the search made the officer suspicious.

Minaj initially refused to go with police.

“I’m not going in there. I need a lawyer present,” she told the officer.

Rapper Nicki Minaj was taken into police custody in Amsterdam after she was accused of ‘carrying drugs’
Rapper Nicki Minaj was taken into police custody in Amsterdam after she was accused of ‘carrying drugs’ (AFP via Getty Images)

After some back and forth, Minaj eventually relents and enters a police vehicle.

During her transport, she told the officers she was worried she might not be able to make her next show. The officer assured her that they would “try to get [her] there” as soon as possible.

The police encounter occurred during Minaj’s Pink Friday 2 World Tour. She has a show scheduled for Saturday night in Manchester, England, and had performed in Amsterdam, the first stop on her European tour, the day prior.

On Saturday Ms Minaj provided some details of her encounter; she said that police “said they found weed & that another group of ppl have to come here to weigh the pre-rolls” — referencing pre-rolled marijuana joints that are typically bought in stores.

“Keep in mind they took my bags without consent. My security has already advised them those pre-rolls belong to him,” she wrote on X. “Oh yea & the pilot wants me to take my [Instagram] post down.”


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