Nicki Minaj Briefly Detained And Fined At Amsterdam Airport After Dutch Police Discover “Soft Drugs” In Luggage


Rapper Nicki Minaj was briefly detained and fined at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on Saturday after Dutch authorities allegedly found “soft drugs” in her luggage.

The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, the Dutch national police agency, announced on social media that a 41-year-old American woman was arrested on suspicion of exporting soft drugs. She was fined and released after consultation with local prosecutors. The specific amount of the fine was not disclosed.

Although Dutch police did not name Minaj, the rapper shared a video on social media detailing the incident. In the video, Minaj explains that police told her they had found marijuana in her bags and that it needed to be weighed. The video also shows a man in a suit informing her that police wanted to search all her luggage.

Cannabis is illegal in the Netherlands, but its recreational use is tolerated.

In the video, police officers can be heard telling Minaj she was “under arrest” for “carrying drugs” and instructing her to get into a van to go to the police station. Minaj, born Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty, denied the accusations and repeatedly requested a lawyer before entering the van.

Prior to her release, Robert Kapel, a military police spokesman, told AFP that an “interrogation is still ongoing.”

Representatives for Minaj and the Amsterdam police did not immediately respond to CBS News’ request for comment.

Minaj was in Amsterdam for a show at Ziggo Dome on Thursday and was on her way to Manchester, England, for a Saturday night performance as part of her Pink Friday 2 World Tour when the arrest occurred. Co-op Live, the Manchester venue, announced that Saturday’s show was postponed as a result.

In a series of posts to X, Minaj claimed the arrest was an attempt to “sabotage my tour.”