Nicki Minaj briefly arrested, fined at Amsterdam airport after Dutch police say “soft drugs” found in luggage

Rapper Nicki Minaj was momentarily detained and subsequently fined at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on Saturday due to assertions that officials discovered “soft drugs” in her belongings, as reported by Dutch officials. The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, the Dutch national police force, announced on social media Saturday night that a 41-year-old American woman apprehended on suspicion of exporting soft drugs was fined and released following a consultation with local prosecutors. The specific amount of the fine was not disclosed. Although Dutch authorities did not identify Minaj as the suspect, the rapper shared a video on social media depicting the incident. In the footage, she explains that officers informed her they had allegedly found marijuana in her bags and that it needed to be weighed.

Minaj’s video features a man in a suit stating that police want to “inspect all her luggage.” “The officer told me we have to offload all your luggage and examine everything,” the man, whose identity was not immediately known, is heard saying in the video.

“…He (an officer) doesn’t believe you don’t have more with you than you said,” the man also mentions. Cannabis is illegal in the Netherlands, but it is tolerated for personal use.

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FILE — Nicki Minaj says her bags were examined on her way out of the Netherlands on May 25, 2024. She tweeted that officers informed her they found marijuana in her bags.

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In the video, officers can be heard informing Minaj that she was “under arrest” for “carrying drugs,” before asking her to enter a van to proceed to the police station. Minaj, born Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, contested the allegations and repeatedly requested a lawyer before entering the van.

Before Minaj’s release, Robert Kapel, a spokesperson for the military police, informed AFP that an “interrogation is still ongoing.” A representative for Minaj and the Amsterdam police did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Minaj was in Amsterdam to perform at Ziggo’s Dome on Thursday. She was en route to Manchester, England, for another performance scheduled for Saturday night as part of her Pink Friday 2 World Tour when the incident occurred. The Manchester venue where Minaj was set to perform, Co-op Live, announced that Saturday’s show was postponed as a result. “Despite Nikki’s best efforts to explore every possible route to make tonight’s show happen, the day’s events have rendered it impossible,” the Co-op wrote in a post on social media. In a series of posts to X, Minaj alleged that the arrest was an attempt to “sabotage my tour.” “They’re being paid significant amounts to try to derail my tour because so many people are upset that it’s this successful & they can’t profit off me. They got caught embezzling funds from my travel/jets. Got terminated. Got angry. Etc,” she stated.


Lucia Suarez Sang

Lucia Suarez Sang is an associate managing editor. Previously, Lucia was the director of digital content at FOX61 News in Connecticut and has previously written for outlets including Fox News Latino and the Rutland Herald.

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