Boosie Badazz Granted Bail in Federal Weapons Case

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Rapper Boosie Badazz was set to be released from jail in San Diego, after a judge granted him bail on Tuesday in his federal weapons possession case.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Allison Goddard told the rapper once he left jail, he would not be allowed to travel outside the U.S., and he must return to court next week for another hearing, City News Service reported.

Prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California had argued against granting the rapper bail, saying the Baton Rouge, Louisiana native was a danger to the community and a flight risk.

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The rapper’s attorney, Meghan Blanco, countered that her client had complied with state rules in the case that led to his arrest by the feds.

Boosie, born Torrence Hatch Jr., was originally arrested on May 6, after San Diego police deemed him an associate of a “known” gang member, as previously reported.

According to the unsealed federal complaint, a police detective was “conducting intelligence gathering” by viewing the Instagram account of a “known Neighborhood Crip,” when the detective noticed footage of a man “filming a music video.”

Boosie was tagged in the video, and the detective began monitoring the rapper’s live Instagram feed.

The complaint said the detective noticed Boosie was streaming live from a location allegedly “associated with the Neighborhood Crip criminal street gang.”

The complaint said the detective saw a gun tucked into the waistband of the rapper’s pants.

Police sent a helicopter to the scene and Boosie was spotted getting into an SUV. Officers on the ground followed the vehicle and pulled it over after the driver allegedly went through a red light.

The complaint noted officers asked about weapons and Boosie said a security guard was armed. During a search of the vehicle, officers found two loaded guns, including the “same weapon pictured in Hatch’s rear waistband” at the music video shoot, the complaint said.

Prosecutors also say a police officer allegedly overheard Boosie threatening the security guard for not taking the blame for the guns.

Boosie was arrested on a state weapons charge, but the local case was dismissed on June 14.

As soon as he left court, the rapper was arrested on a newly filed federal charge, with prosecutors saying he violated federal laws that prohibit a convicted felon from possessing a firearm.

Boosie had prior felony convictions in his home state of Louisiana on drug charges.

The rapper’s attorney said the San Diego police response of over 14 officers and a helicopter was excessive for a felon in possession of a firearm case. The attorney added that while Boosie was locked up over the weekend, he lost out on $160,000 he would have made at performances.