ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta rapper Young Thug was one of 28 people indicted Monday in Georgia for conspiracy to violate the state’s RICO Act and street gang charges, according to prison records.
The Atlanta rapper, named Jeffrey Lamar Williams, was arrested at his home in Buckhead, an Atlanta neighborhood north of downtown. He is being held in the Fulton County Jail.
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Jail records say that the conspiracy charge dates back to 2013 and the gang charge dates back to 2018.
Young Thug is reportedly one of three founders of Young Slim Life, “a criminal street gang in Atlanta that began in late 2012,” the indictment says. Officials said that YSL is affiliated with the national blood gang. The 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.”
Young Thug’s lawyer, Brian Steele, told local media that “Mr. Williams has committed no crime” and that he will “fight to the last drop of his blood to clean her up.”
He will appear in his first court on Tuesday at 11:30 am
Atlanta rapper Gunna, whose real name is Sergio Kitchen, was also indicted on Monday, and aspiring rapper Christian Eppinger, who was already in prison, was charged with shooting an Atlanta police officer six times in February. had gone. It was not immediately known whether Gunna, who is accused of conspiracy to violate the state’s RIICO Act, had been arrested.
In April 2021 Young Thug and Gunna posted bail for 30 low-level prisoners who were unable to bear the cost themselves.
Young Thug’s record label is called YSL Records or Young Stoner Life Records. The label refers to its artists as part of the “Slim Family” and a compilation album titled “Slim Language 2” hit #1 on the charts in April 2021.