Rapper Gunna has been arrested on a charge of Conspiracy to Violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
The “pushin P” artist born Sergio Kitchens turned himself into authorities on Tuesday (May 10), just two days after rapper Young Thug and 26 other YSL (Young Slime Life) members and associates were hit with RICO charges, according to WSBTV.
In case you missed it, Young Thug was 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 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. According to jail records, the 30-year-old was booked into the Fulton County Jail.
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.
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.
Fani Willis, Fulton County District Attorney, held a press conference on May 10 to address the RICO operation against YSL and explained that the main focus was to get the gangs off of the street, claiming that the “conservatively” contribute to “75 to 80 percent of all of the violent crime” in Georgia communities.
“It doesn’t matter your notoriety or fame, if you come to Fulton County, Georgia, and you commit crimes, you are going to be a target and a focus of this District Attorney's office,” Willis said.
“We will ask on the different charges for the maximum penalties and there’s obviously many people [who] are looking at life under these indictments,” she shared. “These are serious times, these are serious allegations.”
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.
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