Videos show Boosie Badazz pepper spray incident at Dillard’s
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story indicated that former NFL player Antonio Allen was arrested. The Newnan Times-Herald issued a correction to their reporting, indicating that a man with the same name was arrested. He is not the NFL player in question.
Rapper Boosie Badazz, whose real name it Torrence Hatch Jr., was arrested in Newnan, Georgia on Monday and is facing charges of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, possession of schedule one narcotics, failure to maintain lane and possession of marijuana, according to Nola.com.
Hatch is no stranger to Biloxi. The rapper recently settled a lawsuit against the city of Biloxi, Edgewater Mall’s management company and its security service, after claiming a security guard pepper sprayed him and his entourage at Dillard’s in April 2017, the day after he performed at the spring break event.
Officials with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office say Hatch and a man named Antonio Allen were in a white Dodge Charger, swerving in-and-out its lanes and almost sideswiped a vehicle, according to the Newnan Times-Herald.
When Sgt. Jeff Bugg with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office pulled the car over in a Chick-fil-A parking lot, he identified Hatch as the driver. The deputy said he noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Hatch was arrested and placed in the back of a police car while the passenger, identified as Allen, stayed inside the Charger. After a search of the vehicle, Sgt. Jeff Bugg found a small bag containing about 11 grams of suspected marijuana between the door and Allen’s seat. Sgt. Bugg also found a loaded 9mm handgun under the seat.
Investigators say there was also a bag filled with cash and a vape pen containing suspected THC oil, according to WAFB.
Hatch admitted to talking on the phone while driving, a misdemeanor in the state of Georgia, and that Allen was his bodyguard, according to the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office.
The vehicle was determined to be a rental car from Florida.
Hatch, 36, and Allen, 30, were both charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a schedule one drug and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime. Hatch was also charged with failure to maintain lane.
Both men were held at the Coweta County Jail. Hatch has been been released.