Nicki Minaj released after arrest in the Netherlands on suspicion of exporting soft drugs


NBC- Nicki Minaj was released from custody Saturday hours after she was arrested by police in the Netherlands on suspicion of exporting soft drugs, authorities said.

The rapper was fined and allowed to “continue her journey,” police said in a translated post on X just before 4 p.m. ET.

Minaj, 41, was traveling to Manchester, England, from Amsterdam for a concert on her “Pink Friday 2 World Tour” when she was arrested. Minaj, whose real name is Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, was scheduled to perform at the Co-op Live arena in Manchester on Saturday night but it was postponed, Live Nation UK said in an update.

Nicki Minaj.
Nicki Minaj in New York City.Dia Dipasupil / FilmMagic

“Despite Nicki’s best efforts to explore every possible avenue to make tonight’s show happen, the events of today have made it impossible,” the company said. “We are deeply disappointed by the inconvenience this has caused.”

Tickets will remain valid for the rescheduled concert, the company said.

Police have not identified the name of the person arrested, but when asked if it was Minaj, a spokesperson said officers had “arrested a 41-year-old American woman at Schiphol Airport because of possession of soft drugs.

In a social media post early Sunday local time, Minaj said she arrived at her hotel in Manchester a little more than an hour ago. “After sitting in a jail cell for 5-6 hours, my plane still didn’t take off for another 20 mins once I boarded” the 50-minute flight from Amsterdam, she wrote.

“Please please please accept my deepest & most sincere apologies,” Minaj wrote. “They sure did know exactly how to hurt me today but this too, shall pass.”

The rapper said she hopes to be able to share the rescheduled date for Saturday’s show on Sunday, and that she and her team are considering one option in June and another in July.

She confirmed she’d still be performing the second show in Manchester on Thursday, and that she will still go on in Birmingham on Sunday.

“I’ll find a way to not only make up the date with the performance but I’m going to create an added bonus for everyone that had a tkt for this show. Promise,” Minaj said.

Earlier on Saturday, Minaj had shared numerous posts on social media detailing the incident.

In one video she shared on X, the rapper is seen being told that her luggage needs to be searched.

“I’m so sorry to say that,” a man at the airport tells her.

“But isn’t that what you planned on doing from the get-go? Why didn’t you guys search it before it went on the plane,” she responds.

The man says they did a “random quick check” but need to open the luggage.

In subsequent posts, Minaj said she believed people were trying to “stop this tour” and were lying to her.

“They took my luggage & when I asked where it is they said it’s on the plane. It couldn’t have been, I just pulled up,” she said. “I never gave them my bags. They’re refusing to let me see my own bags.”

In another post, she wrote: “They’re being paid big money to try to sabotage my tour b/c soooooo many ppl are mad that it’s this successful & they can’t eat off me. They got caught stealing money from my travel/jets. Got fired. Got mad. Etc.”

“This is how they plant things in your luggage,” another read.

Minaj said in the Sunday social media post she has video evidence of the encounter and she’ll “have the lawyers & GOD take it from here tho.”

During an Instagram Live, Minaj filmed police as they told her to get inside a van so she could be taken to the police station. In a post on X, the rapper said she was being told she had to “go 5 mins away to make a statement about my security to the police precinct.”

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  1. Some idiot in the Dutch Immigration wanted to make an impression on this black woman. It is a good thing the superiors quickly solved the issue. Holland is more then liberal when it comes to soft drugs. No one gets arrested for have soft drugs. That is why Dutch jails are empty that they have started to rent them out to students and other countries to hold their prisoners.,rose%20from%2076%2C190%20to%2080%2C659.
    A whole empty prison in the Netherlands was able to be brought back into use for Norwegian prisoners, for example.

    From 2005 to 2022, the numbers imprisoned in the Netherlands fell from 50,650 to 30,380. In the same period our prison population rose from 76,190 to 80,659.
    Why the Dutch are closing prisons – and what they’re doing with empty ones

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