Former “Making the Band” star Chopper has been arrested on felony sex trafficking charges, TMZ reported Monday.
Born Kevin Barnes, the rapper was busted in Annapolis, MD, on April 14, Page Six confirmed.
Chopper is being extradited to Las Vegas, where an undercover vice detective posing as a sex worker claimed the former reality star DMed them on Instagram with an apparent offer to make money through prostitution, according to the report, which cited legal documents.
The officer then spotted posts on Chopper’s account that appeared to make references to him being a pimp. The documents obtained by TMZ stated that the undercover cop launched an investigation into the former Da Band member after seeing social media evidence of a potential sex trafficking operation.
The detective alleged Chopper would call and brag about his riches but also warned that Sin City was not a safe place to conduct business anymore because authorities were cracking down. The officer also claimed to have had a phone interview with Chopper, and after passing some sort of test, Chopper told them he would make them part of his “team.”
However, Chopper’s behavior appeared to turn soon after, and he allegedly became aggressive with the officer over the phone, telling them to pack their belongings, get to the airport and meet him in Charlotte, NC, to join his “stable.” The cop attempted to stall by saying they were afraid to leave home, but then the former MTV personality allegedly became angry and demanded a $2,000 fee.
The undercover officer ultimately decided there was enough evidence to arrest and charge Chopper with felony sex trafficking.
A rep for Chopper didn’t immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.