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Estranged son of Uncle Luke arrested in South Beach on grand theft auto and drug charges

Luther Rodrick Campbell in his current Miami-Dade Corrections mugshot
Luther Rodrick Campbell in his current Miami-Dade Corrections mugshot

A son of Miami rapper, producer, community activist Luther Campbell, “Uncle Luke,” was arrested Saturday night in a stolen car with drugs, Miami Beach police say.

Luther Rodrick Campbell, 25, faces charges of grand theft auto, controlled substance possession and knowingly driving with a suspended license. Campbell did six months probation on a grand theft auto conviction in 2014. He is scheduled to start a five-year probation next May as part of his sentence after pleading guilty to burglary with assault or battery and witness tampering stemming from a March 2017 case..

As far as his driving record, he owes money on his only two convictions, $1,162.25 on a DUI ticket from 2016 and $75 on a 2014 ticket for driving with an expired license.

Campbell the father said on Twitter Sunday afternoon that he had neither seen nor spoken to Campbell the son in 10 years.

According to Saturday’s arrest report, Miami Beach police dispatch alerted cops to a license plate recognition hit on a stolen car coming into Miami Beach via the MacArthur Causeway. An officer spotted the car at Sixth Street and Washington Avenue. After using the license plate to confirm it was a car stolen from the City of Miami, the report says the officer stopped the car.

After being stopped in the 1200 block of Washington Avenue, near Twelve Lounge, Campbell and the woman in his passenger seat told cops they had just met at Miami’s Club E11even. Campbell was giving her a ride home. Both said the woman, who wasn’t arrested, didn’t know the car was stolen.

The post arrest search, police say, turned up a “small, clear green baggie with a white substance” suspected to be cocaine in the right front pocket of Campbell’s jeans.

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