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Rapper Young Thug Arrested On Gun Charge During Album Release Party

The “Best Friend” rapper's social media posts about his exclusive gathering reportedly afforded police an opportunity to execute an arrest operation. 

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Rapper Young Thug was arrested late Thursday night during an album release party and birthday celebration at a Dave & Buster's restaurant in Hollywood.

The 27-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jeffrey Lamar Williams, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a concealed firearm in a vehicle, NBC Los Angeles reports, and was held on $35,000 bond. The Los Angeles Police Department told the outlet that guns were found at the scene.

A nearby street was blocked off during the police investigation, NBC reports, while footage shot by bystanders and shared on social media seems to show Young Thug being escorted out of the party by police officers.

Young Thug’s birthday party on Thursday also served as a listening session for his latest release, “Slime Language.” Prior to the event, the “Best Friend” rapper advertised the invite-only gathering on social media, which afforded authorities an opportunity to plan and execute an operation to bring him into custody, according to CBS Los Angeles. Young Thug and an unidentified person with whom he works are reportedly the subject of a weapons investigation, according to the outlet’s police sources. Two members of the rapper’s crew were also detained that night, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Young Thug took to Instagram on Friday afternoon to post a selfie alongside the caption “Faster then the officers got off,” which seemed to suggest that he'd been released.

He was previously arrested on gun and drug charges in September 2017, Billboard reports. After a traffic stop, Young Thug and an associate, Cedric Jones, were hit with charges that include possession with intent to distribute marijuana, as well as possession of Xanax, ecstasy, codeine, and a firearm.

[Photo: Young Thug attends FREQ NYC on July 15, 2018 in New York City. By Johnny Nunez/WireImage, via Getty Images]

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