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Authorities arrested rapper Young Thug on Monday and sentenced him on two gang-related charges, officials said.
They arrested him as part of a 56-count grand jury indictment in Georgia involving 28 members of the Young Stoner Life Records label founded by Young Thug, WSB-TV reported.
According to the report, Young Thug, a 30-year-old Atlanta-based rapper born Jeffery Lamar Williams, faces charges of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and alleged participation in activities. of street gangs.
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The charges stemmed from different incidents, with the RICO Act charge coming from a 2013 incident and the gang-related activity charge coming from 2018, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Rapper and YSL member Gunna has also been arrested and faces one count of conspiracy to rape RICO, according to court documents.
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Prosecutors in the indictment claimed that YSL operates with the Bloods gang and highlighted numerous gang-related incidents spanning years that include criminal actions, AJC reported.
One of those incidents included Young Thug renting a car and being ordered to hit a member of a rival gang, prosecutors say in the indictment.
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Williams’ defense attorney Brian Steel said the rapper will dispute the allegations.
“I will tell you the answer to any allegation; Mr. Williams has committed no crime and we will fight to the last drop of blood to clear him,” Steel said. says WSB-TV.
Young Thug is a Grammy-winning rapper who is heavily influencing the Atlanta area. He’s also built a national following and regularly rubs shoulders with other popular names, including recent song appearances with Cardi B and Elton John.
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The rapper has a criminal record that includes a 2016 arrest on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court, a 2017 arrest on drug charges including possession of methamphetamine, hydrocodone and marijuana, Fox 5 reported from Atlanta.
He was incarcerated in the Fulton County Jail.