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Migos' Offset ‘home’ after drug and gun arrest

MIGOS: From left to right, Takeoff, Quavo, and Offset at the 2018 MET Gala

MIGOS RAPPER Offset has been released from custody following an arrest for drug and gun offences days after he welcomed a daughter with partner Cardi B.

Offset, whose real name is Kiari Kendrell Cephus, was arrested during a traffic stop near Atlanta on Friday but was released on a $17,000 bail, according to Variety.

Yesterday, Quavo, Offset’s cousin and fellow Migos member, simply tweeted: “He Home.” Offset’s wife, rapper Cardi B, also shared new of his release on social media. Cardi B posted footage on Instagram live to let fans know that her husband was back with her and their newborn.

Police discovered three guns and marijuana in Offset’s vehicle when they stopped him at the end of last week, according to TMZ.

There have been speculations that Offset could be facing life in prison because of previous convictions and the state of Georgia’s three strike rule, which means that individuals who are convicted of three felonies can be sentenced to life, even if the crimes would not ordinarily carry punishment.

The 26-year-old was arrested for driving with a suspended license in 2016 and on drug and gun charges in 2015.

In an interview with People, Offset’s lawyer Drew Findling said: “He did not commit any traffic offence and he certainly was not in possession of any weapons.

“This was an improper arrest and I believe in his innocence.”

He also told the publication: “[Offset’s] holding up as best he can considering the circumstances and knows he has not broken any laws. He is going to have his day in court.”

In addition to his lawyer, Offset’s arrest and the possible severe punishment he faces have drawn criticism from activists in the US.

Samuel Sinyangwe, an black American activist who maps police violence, said on Twitter: “Offset could face *life in prison* for non-violent marijuana and gun possession. He‘s being targeted by a racist criminal justice system.”

He added: “Offset could be permanently separated from his newborn child and his wife [Cardi B] for non-violent offences that he was more likely to be stopped, searched, arrested for, charged, and convicted for because of his race.

“Marijuana wouldn’t even be an offence in a range of other states (states that just happen to have fewer black residents).”

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