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Nicki Minaj arrested for alleged drug possession at Netherlands airport


American rapper Nicki Minaj has been detained at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands for allegedly carrying drugs.

The rapper shared this update on a video she took and posted on her Instagram Live Saturday afternoon ahead of the European leg of her Pink Friday 2 World Tour.

According to the BBC, a spokesman for Dutch police, Robert van Kapel, said, “We can confirm that we have arrested a 41-year-old American woman at Schiphol Airport because of possession of soft drugs”, without naming the woman in question

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A statement given to the PA agency by Dutch police confirmed that the woman remained under arrest on Saturday evening.

The music star posted a series of messages on X apparently in relation to the incident.

“They took my luggage without consent,” she wrote in one. In another she added: “This is Amsterdam btw [by the way], where weed is legal,” using a colloquial term for the drug cannabis.

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Although the rapper has denied the allegations,doors to the concert opened around 30 minutes late on Saturday. With thousands in the venue as of 20:30, it was unclear whether the gig would go ahead as planned.