Early Wednesday (June 18), at about 2:30 a.m., rapper Young Jeezy was arrested by Atlanta police on numerous misdemeanor charges, including driving while under the influence, speeding, reckless driving, no tags, driving with an open container and no proof of insurance.
According to police, Jeezy was stopped along Atlanta's Buford Highway, near route I-85, for speeding. Police then noticed his car was missing its license plates. After that, "Everything just went from there," police spokesperson Officer James Polite said.
Jeezy (born: Jay Jenkins), 31, was released on an undisclosed bail amount just hours after his arrest, police said. He is due in court to answer to the charges July 17.
A statement issued by Jeezy's attorney, Scott Leemon, claims the rapper was stopped on his way home from the studio, where he is working on his forthcoming LP, The Recession. "After being charged with various automobile-related offenses, Jeezy was quickly processed and released," reads the statement. "A court date has been scheduled, and Jeezy looks forward to getting the matter resolved."
The news comes just days after the rapper was implicated in a major cocaine-dealing ring. According to the Atlanta alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing, Ralph "Ralphie" Simms, who was indicted last year in a related federal drug case in Los Angeles, name-dropped Jeezy during testimony offered last week in Black Mafia Family member Fleming "Ill" Daniels' federal cocaine-conspiracy trial.
At one point during his testimony, Simms told the court that Jeezy — whose nickname is the Snowman — was on the receiving end of multiple kilos of cocaine from the Black Mafia Family, a drug gang accused of moving hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of the drug across the country.
On a more positive note, the rapper performed at Atlanta radio station Hot 107.9's annual Birthday Bash over the weekend. Both Usher and Kanye West joined Jeezy onstage during his set.