Saigon’s attorney has spoken out against his client’s arrest, claiming that the rapper was a target of the New York Police Department’s infamous Hip-Hop Squad.
Saigon, born Brian Carenard, was arrested around 1:30 am yesterday morning (August 22), after police stopped a vehicle the rapper was riding in for a traffic violation near 11th Avenue and W. 29th Street in Manhattan around 1:30 am.
A search of the vehicle turned up a gravity knife, which is similar to a switch blade. He was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon.
This is another example of New York’s finest targeting a member of the rap and entertainment industry,” Saigon’s Attorney Scott Leemon told AllHipHop.com. “The car that Saigon was driving was not owned by him. More importantly, the small pocket knife was found in a console in the car, not on his possession.”
Saigon was released on $1500 bail and is due back in court on December 5.
“I am hoping after further investigation this will be another example of a rapper being wrongfully arrested, Leemon told AllHipHop.com.