Nicki Minaj Arrested In Amsterdam For Alleged ‘Soft’ Drug Possession

Nicki Minaj was placed under arrest while in Amsterdam for an alleged drug possession.
MIAMI, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 16: Nicki Minaj performs onstage during iHeartRadio Y100’s Jingle Ball 2023 at Amerant Bank Arena on December 16, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images for iHeartRadio)

On Saturday (May 25), Nicki Minaj is stopped by Amsterdam police at an airport in the Netherlands while traveling to Manchester for the next stop on her Pink Friday 2 Tour. The rapper was expected to perform at the Co-op Live arena later that evening. Minaj caught the entire experience on an Instagram livestream. Throughout the lengthy video, Nicki Minaj goes back and forth with officers. “I’m not going in there,” Minaj demanded after being motioned by police officials to enter the back of their vehicle. “I need a lawyer present.”

After repeatedly asking if she was under arrest, the 41-year-old rapper was told to stop filming and get into the police car. In another part of the video, she’s informed by another man that her luggage will be subjected to a search. Robert van Kapel, a spokesperson for the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee confirmed that Minaj was arrested at the airport because of possession of “soft drugs.”

Nicki Minaj Accuses Amsterdam Police Of Trying To Sabotage Her

Following the incident, in a series of tweets, Nicki Minaj took to X(formerly Twitter) to inform her fanbase of the situation. In her opinion, this is all a ploy to stop her tour from being successful. “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.” She also claimed that officers were intending to plant drugs in her luggage.

Nicki Minaj also says that while police did uncover some drug paraphernalia — such as pre-rolls — that marijuana is legal in Amsterdam. Minaj would eventually reveal the marijuana belonged to her security guard. “Keep in mind they took my bags without consent. My security has already advised them those pre-rolls belong to him. Oh yea & the pilot wants me to take my ig post down.” Check out some of her tweets below.

Update: According to reports, Nicki Minaj has been freed after being arrested at an Amsterdam airport. She has also been issued a fine for an undisclosed amount.