American rapper, Young Thug was one of 28 people indicted on Monday in Georgia on conspiracy to violate the state’s RICO act and street gang charges, according to jail records.
The Atlanta rapper, whose name is Jeffrey Lamar Williams, was arrested at his home in Buckhead, an Atlanta neighborhood just north of downtown. He is being held at the Fulton County Jail.
The conspiracy charge dates back to 2013 and the gang charge to 2018, the jail record says.
Young Thug is allegedly one of three founders of the Young Slime Life, “a criminal street gang that started in late 2012” in Atlanta, the indictment says. YSL is affiliated with the national Bloods gang, officials said. Charges include “Preserving, protecting and enhancing the reputation, power, and territory of the enterprise through acts of racketeering activity including murder, assault, and threats of violence.”
Prosecutors in the indictment claimed YSL operates with the Bloods gang and highlighted numerous gang-related incidents, spanning years, that include criminal actions, AJC reported.
One such incident included Young Thug’s renting of a car and ordering the hit of a rival gang member, prosecutors alleged in the indictment.
Young Thug made his first appearance in court on Tuesday May 10, through a video monitor in front of the Fulton County Magistrate judge.
Meanwhile, American rapper, Gunna has reportedly turned himself in to authorities on charges of conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.
According to a report from local Atlanta news outlet CBS46, Gunna was arrested late yesterday (May 10) on a charge of Conspiracy to Violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).
His arrest came a day after Gunna, Young Thug, and 26 other YSL members and associates were hit with RICO charges. Thug was specifically arrested on charges of Conspiracy to Violate the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act and Participation in Criminal Street Gang Activity.
Fani Willis, the Fulton County District Attorney, held a press conference yesterday (May 10) as well. She addressed the large-scale operation against YSL and claimed her main focus is going after street gangs, saying they contribute “conservatively 75 to 80 percent of all of the violent crime” in the communities at hand.
DA Willis went on to say that many people who were arrested under the RICO indictments could be facing life in prison if found guilty on the charges.
Editing by Omotola Oguneye