MIAMI, (Reuters) – Miami police arrested Outkast rapper and “Hey Ya” singer Big Boi yesterday for possessing ecstasy and other drugs that the performer’s lawyer later characterized as “contraband.”
Media reports cited the Miami-Dade County Corrections Department’s website as listing the rapper, whose real name is Antwan Patton, as having been arrested for having ecstasy, MDMA powder and Viagra, for which he had no prescription.
The Miami Herald reported that Big Boi faces a fourth count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Celebrity website TMZ.com said he was arrested by customs officials exiting a cruise ship, and that he’d been booked into jail in the afternoon but was released after posting a bond.
On the singer’s official Twitter account, Big Boi initially tweeted “Fresh Out Baby!” and later, “…they said it was the Love Boat…” But details of the arrest could not be confirmed last evening.
An attorney for the rapper issued a statement saying he expects Big Boi will beat the charges.
“While Big Boi was traveling with his group and friends, a small amount of contraband was found in the collective luggage,” attorney Daniel Kane said in a statement.