2:22 PM PT — Offset’s lawyer, Drew Findling, tells TMZ … “We have received no information to indicate that Mr. Cephus is the target of any federal investigation.”
He adds … “As to the dismissed state case, it is true that a motion challenging the legality of the stop and search was filed by his defense team. Even though the case was dismissed, we maintain that this was an illegal stop.”
Findling concludes, “A couple points need to be made clear, in the many hours of video footage from multiple officers, no traffic violation is captured, and at no time does any officer claim or mention that Mr. Cephus failed to maintain a lane which was later used to try to justify the stop. Lastly, what is supported by the evidence contained in the reports is that more than $ 10,000 of Mr. Cephus’ money that was seized by law enforcement on that date has gone missing and unaccounted for and is currently the subject of an internal investigation within the Clayton County Police Department.”
Offset will NOT be prosecuted by Georgia for gun possession — the charges have been dropped, but they were only dropped so the feds could continue an even bigger investigation.
The Clayton County D.A.’s office tells TMZ … prosecutors dismissed all charges on July 1 against the Migos rapper. However, according to docs, the D.A. decided to stand down at the request of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Turns out the feds are in the middle of an investigation … and that’s the only reason Offset was pulled over in the first place.
In docs, county prosecutors say the feds were concerned if they took Offset to trial for gun possession they’d have to tip their hand about information related to a larger investigation. Prosecutors aren’t disclosing what that investigation is about, but say pursuing Offset’s case “would alert other potential future parties to the investigation and evidence that may support federal charges against said parties.”
TMZ broke the story … Offset was slapped with a felony gun possession charge back in April. It had been the latest fallout stemming from his arrest last summer in Atlanta. He was also facing 2 separate charges — possession of weed and making an illegal lane change, both misdemeanors.
In the docs, obtained by TMZ, prosecutors say ATF agents contacted officers in Clayton County, asking them to pull over Offset’s vehicle, if there was probable cause, and identify all passengers.
Prosecutors say the probable cause was failing to maintain his lane and tinted windows. ATF merely wanted to know who was in the vehicle — but when Clayton Co. officers smelled weed, they decided to search the car … leading to Offset’s arrest for gun possession.
As we told you first … Offset’s lawyer said he believes the rapper was targeted because he’s rich, successful and black. Based on these new docs, though, Offset might have an even bigger problem … with the federal government.
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