9:15 AM PT -- According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, when DaBaby arrived for the concert officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from his vehicle and observed marijuana in plain view inside. They decided they would speak with him after the concert.
They claim after the show he refused to speak with officers and walked away, which is why he was detained while they searched his vehicle. Officers found less than one-half ounce of marijuana inside. Initially, he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and resisting. After transporting him, officers decided they would issue him two citations instead.
CMPD has launched an Internal Affairs investigation to determine if officers followed department polices during the incident.
DaBaby is incensed at cops in Charlotte, North Carolina ... saying they were up to no good when they swarmed his car and busted him for weed.
DaBaby had just performed at the Bojangles' Coliseum Monday night, left the venue and got in his car in the parking lot when, according to him, 15 cops swarmed his vehicle, searched it and found weed.
The rapper clearly was not having it, because he was cited not just for weed possession but also for resisting an officer. He was not arrested ... just cuffed, cited and released.
DaBaby said afterward he was wrongfully targeted after cops received a "bogus" tip he had drugs and guns in the vehicle. The rapper said, "Every time. There's nobody when I pull up in the parking lot, the second I get out the car, 15 cops come around -- can I borrow your microphone? ****** grabs mic ... shining it into the car windows ... they follow me, they pull us over for no reason."
Earlier in the day, DaBaby passed out hundreds of toys to poor families in the area.