Nicki Minaj fined and released after arrest in Amsterdam for carrying ‘soft drugs’

Rapper Nicki Minaj was held by police at Amsterdam Schiphol airport on allegations of possession of soft drugs. Dutch military police confirmed a 41-year-old American woman had been held for possession of soft drugs, adding it was prohibited to take such substances out of the Netherlands. Police did not identify the suspect, but in a later post on social media platform X said the woman had been fined and released. The arrest, however, led her to cancel a show in Manchester, England.

“Despite Nicki’s best efforts to explore every possible avenue to make tonight’s show happen, the events of today have made it impossible,” the Co-op Live venue in Manchester said in a post on X. Minaj, 41, was detained hours before the show had been scheduled to start, and released 45 minutes after she had been due to begin performing at the Manchester Co-op Live.