Lil Tjay reportedly turned himself in recently over a previous gun charge while his lawyer explains that the legal issue is not relatively new.
On Friday (May 5), the NY Drill Official Instagram asserted that the Bronx rapper had been arrested after turning himself in over an outstanding warrant. It wasn’t long afterward that Dawn Florio, his attorney, clarified to the account that the charge was an old one and not over a new incident.
“This arrest is not a new gun charge,” she said via a DM screenshot posted by the NY Drill IG account. “He had to turn himself in for the case where he was a victim where he was shot multiple times. The allegation is that there were guns in the car.”
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Rumors over what happened began surfacing after Tjay’s Bergen County, New Jersey mugshot began circulating online, prompting many to believe that he was behind bars.
The charge stems from a January 2023 incident where the 21-year-old, born Tione Jayden Merritt, was in a Cadillac Escalade with four friends when authorities pulled them over because of the SUV’s tinted windows and a missing front license plate.
When searching the vehicle during the traffic stop at around 4 p.m., police say they confiscated four guns before arresting Tjay and the four people with him. He and two other people inside the SUV were charged with criminal possession of a weapon.
Tjay was going to a music video shoot to film his collaborative song “Gangsta Boo” with fellow Bronx rapper Ice Spice.
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