Rapper couldn’t have guns but posed with one in photos: feds


The Missouri rapper faces up to 10 years in prison.

A rapper who is not allowed to have guns was caught with them when he and a few others were arrested, according to federal authorities. Then officials said they heard the Missouri man posed with the gun in photos shared on social media.

Arthur Pressley — aka 30 Deep Grimeyy and Grimeyy — pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday, Oct. 25, to being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Pressley was a backseat passenger in a black Pontiac G8 on Jan. 5, 2021, when the car was pulled over by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, his signed plea deal says. One of the car’s taillights was off and there was a license plate on a Jeep.

A Beretta 92FS 9mm pistol was between Pressley and the other passenger in the back seat, authorities said. It had a ‘unique plastic magazine cover with cutouts’.

An investigation found that Pressley had posed with the same gun in photos shared to two different Instagram accounts, according to the plea deal. Investigators also accessed the St. Louis rapper’s social media account and found a post where Pressley discussed his two firearms. He added a photo of the Beretta, authorities said.

Pressley’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment from McClatchy News on Oct. 26.

Authorities said they also found multiple photos on Pressley’s phone of him holding the gun, including when the gun was purchased on Oct. 4, 2020.

As a convicted felon, Pressley is not allowed to possess weapons.

Pressley will be sentenced on February 1. He could face up to 10 years in prison.

Kaitlyn Alanis is a McClatchy National Real-Time Reporter from Kansas. She is an agricultural communications and journalism alumna from Kansas State University.

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