Young Thug picked up a big win in his Georgia drug case after a judge sided with the rapper and ruled the car stop that led to his arrest was improper.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a hearing was held in Thug’s criminal case on Thursday to decide on the rapper’s motion to suppress evidence.
During the hearing, the prosecution called three law enforcement officers to present evidence and the court heard arguments from both sides. The judge granted Thug’s motion “as the stop of the vehicle was illegal in violation of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution.”
The order states, “Officer Fikes testified, unequivocally, that the sole season for stopping the vehicle was based upon a supposed window tint violation … However, there was no credible evidence present, whatsoever, how this vehicle’s window tint violated.”
Further, the judge determined that without credible evidence that the window tint was placed on this vehicle after being delivered by the manufacturer, the stop of Thug’s cart and seizure was “illegal and in violation” of the law.
“The prosecution failed to present credible evidence that this vehicle was violating the law when it was stopped by law enforcement,” the order states, “and thus, all evidence that flowed directly and indirectly from this illegal stop and seizure must be suppressed, including, but not limited to, all statements, firearms and supposed drugs.”
Thug originally filed the motion in December, saying the cops never read him his rights before taking him to the station during the 2017 arrest. He wanted all statements he gave to them thrown out.
The case is over a September 2017 incident where he was pulled over for a window tint violation but cops supposedly smelled marijuana. They searched the car and then found other drugs and arrested Thug.
He claimed the stop of his car by police was “unlawful and additionally, there was no probable cause to search this vehicle. Thus, all evidence must be suppressed.”
The rapper said while in custody and being interrogated by law enforcement he was never read his Miranda Rights and therefore believed all his statements must be suppressed.
Thug claimed he was innocent of all drug charges and took issue with the grand jury indictment. He claimed they accused him of possession of multiple drugs with the intent to distribute, but he says there is no evidence provided that would back up the distribution charge in the indictment.
Back in September, a grand jury indicted the rapper on eight felony charges including possession and intent to distribute meth, weed and hydrocodone along with possession of amphetamine, Alparzolam, codeine and possession of a firearm.
The judge ordered Thug to submit to weekly drug tests and enroll in out-patient treatment but allowed him to be released again on bond.
The case could still go to trial and Thug faces years behind bars if convicted.