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Oak Cliff rapper Trapboy Freddy released from custody after arrest, tiger seizure

Dallas Morning News logo Dallas Morning News 8/20/2022 Jamie Landers, Catherine Marfin, The Dallas Morning News

Oak Cliff rapper Trapboy Freddy, who was arrested Wednesday at a Red Bird home where a tiger was seized, was released from federal custody Friday.

About 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dallas police were dispatched to the 2700 block of Meadow Gate Lane to assist U.S. marshals in serving the 30-year-old, whose legal name is Devarius Dontez Moore, a federal arrest warrant. Court records show Moore had been indicted on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon in connection with an incident in late March.

The U.S. marshals public-affairs office did not respond to requests for more information about the arrest.

Moore entered a plea of not guilty Friday and was released from custody under several conditions, including that he has to wear an ankle monitor, submit to regular drug tests and abide by a curfew. He also is not allowed to own “wild or dangerous animals,” court documents say.

His attorney, Charlie Humphreys, said Moore was coming back from a veterinarian appointment in Canton with his two dogs when officers conducted a traffic stop and said they smelled marijuana. Moore was arrested on several traffic warrants, and officers later found the gun in a locked box in the glove compartment, Humphreys said.

Humphreys said Moore was driving his mother’s car that morning, and that the gun was registered to his sister. Moore did not know there was a gun in the car, Humphreys said.

“He’s a good guy and he’s broken-hearted that this happened,” Humphreys said, adding that Moore only used his mother’s car that morning because it was blocking other cars in. “This was such a sorry set of circumstances.”

Humphreys said he is hopeful that the charges will be dropped, but that if not, he is looking forward to a jury trial.

“He’s totally innocent of these charges,” he said. “We’re looking forward to our days in court.”

During Moore’s arrest, Dallas Animal Services was called to secure a tiger. The agency said the tiger was being held in protective custody “at an undisclosed location,” but the agency could not provide additional details.

Humphreys said he didn’t have much information about the tiger.

News of Moore’s arrest, and the feline find, spread on social media Thursday, with one person tweeting “Free trapboy freddy’s tiger, he ain’t do nothing !!!!”

The rumors also led to the Dallas Zoo clarifying on social media the tiger was not one of their own: “We want to assure everyone our tigers are all accounted for and safe here at the Zoo.”

In June, Moore posted a photo of a tiger cub on a leash on Instagram. The caption linked to the Instagram account for “Cool Money Kennels,” which lists Moore as its CEO and has various breeds of puppies for sale.

Keeping a tiger as a pet is prohibited in the city of Dallas.

In 2018, Moore accused the Dallas Police Department of using excessive force against him during an arrest in east Oak Cliff.

Moore has previously pleaded guilty to gun and drug-possession charges in Dallas County. He has pending cases in Kaufman County on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and marijuana possession, court records show.

Dallas police did not say whether Moore would face any additional charges related to Wednesday’s arrest.

As for owning the tiger, failure to register a dangerous animal in Texas is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a daily $500 fine, according to the Gray Reed law firm. Additionally, the city of Dallas or Dallas County could sue Moore for a civil penalty between $200 and $2,000 per day.

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