Rapper Young Thug has been named in a gang indictment after being arrested on Monday (May 9) at his Atlanta residence.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, prosecutors say that the indictment is centered around Young Slime Life, which prosecutors believe to be a criminal street gang allegedly co-founded by the Grammy Award-winning artist. Young Slime Life is also the name of the rapper’s YSL record label.
In 2012, the organization first came on the scene in the Cleveland Avenue area, according to the indictment, and allegedly has an affiliation with the national Bloods street gang.
Born Jeffery Lamar Williams, the artist was charged with conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and participation in street gang activity. The 30-year-old was booked into the Fulton County Jail according to jail records.
The RICO charge cites an alleged incident dating back to Jan. 2013 and the gang activity offense is connected to allegations from May 2017, jail records show.
Both charges are a part of a larger 56-count indictment that lists 28 alleged associates of Young Slime Life, including rapper Gunna, born Sergio Giavanni Kitchens.
WSB-TV reports that the indictment against says that Young Thug and YSL members engaged in activities including:
- Preserving, protecting, and enhancing the reputation, power, and territory of the enterprise through acts of racketeering activity, including murder, assault, and threats of violence;
- Preserving, protecting, and enhancing the reputation, power, and territory of the enterprise by the posting of messages, images, videos, and songs, demonstrating allegiance to the enterprise and a willingness to engage in violence on its behalf;
- Maintaining armed individuals ready and willing to preserve, protect and enhance the reputation, power, and territory of the enterprise through the use of violence;
- Obtaining money, weapons, and other property through acts of racketeering activity, including robbery, theft, and the unlawful sale and distribution of drugs;
- Obstructing law enforcement investigations and court proceedings through witness intimidation and attacks upon law enforcement officers.
Young Thug’s attorney, Brian Steel, says that the “Solid” artist has not committed any crimes.
“We will fight to my last drop of blood to clear him,” he told WSB-TV.
The rapper is expected to make his first court appearance scheduled for Tuesday (May 10) at 11:30 am ET.
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