Yella Beezy Says Cops Confused Hand Sanitizer with Cough Syrup During Arrest

Yella Beezy’s latest mug shot and him showing off the bottle in question on Instagram.

"I'm the first rapper to go to jail over hand sanitizer!"

That's how Dallas, Texas rapper Yella Beezy describes his August 12 arrest on drug and guns charges. Beezy (nee Markies Conway) was pulled over in a traffic stop and the vehicle was searched. According to reports, "400 grams of a controlled substance" and five firearms were confiscated.

Beezy's referring to a bottle of "Promethezine with Hand Sanitizer" that was also taken.

He posted at Instagram: "Lied again and said the dogs “alerted” on my car - everybody know i don’t smoke! On straight bs.... i told the man smell it or put it on your hand and they wouldn’t, couldn’t do nothing about the guns Cuzz everything legit but when guns and “drugs” together that’s a case. Even tho it’s hand sanitizer they still charged me until they find out lol... all they had to do was smell it or put some on took money, jewelry and phones for what ???? Crazy!"

He explained in a video (watch below) that the police thought the bottle contained "drank," or cough syrup. Promethezine is an antihistamine commonly found in cough syryp. The syrup is often mixed with soda and is known as  drank or lean. It's popular in the Southern states. 

"It says hand santizer on it," Beezy exclaims, pointing to the bottle. "It's hand sanitizer in a drank bottle. Police was saying I was tryin to cover up everything. So they took me to jail over hand sanitizer. The only way they were able to charge me with the guns is because of the 'drug'... I'm the first rapper to go to jail over hand sanitizer."

It's unclear what "drug" he's referring to other than the Promethezine, which presumably wasn't in the sanitizer. 

This is Beezy 's second firearms arrest in 2021. He was busted after a traffic stop in February.

In 2018, Beezy was shot three times in a drive-by incident in Lewisville, Texas.

He's had hits with "That's on Me" (No. 56, 2017, watch below) and "Bacc at It Again" (No. 78, 2018).


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