Rapper Tekashi69 arrested on racketeering, gun charges

Toby Graves
November 21, 2018

6ix9ine was among five people charged in an indictment containing racketeering and firearms charges. Prosecutors say that the group carried out the robbery because they wanted to solidify their position in the gang; the robbery was done "for the goal of gaining entrance to, and maintaining and increasing position in Nine Trey". "Prosecutors say the acts of violence were meant to protect the gang's drug biz, retaliate against rival gangs or promote Nine Trey's rep on the streets".

In addition to the violent crimes brought against Hernandez and his group, they're also accused of selling heroin, fentanyl, MDMA and marijuana in NY. Jensel "Ish" Butler was also arrested.

"[Hernandez] is a member of a violent sect of the Bloods", said Longyear at the arraignment.

In the second incident, which allegedly took place on April 21, one of the other indicted men, Fuguan Lovick, is accused of shooting at a rival inside the popular Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, though no one was hit. Prosecutors claim that, in April, 6ix9ine waited in a vehicle outside an office building and filmed his manager and some associates robbing some of his rivals.

The judge remanded Hernandez and his alleged gang buddies.

The rapper has been among the most ascendant and controversial names in hip-hop in recent months. He said they took Tekashi in after learning he was planning a trip to a CT casino, and feared an attempt on his life could put innocent people in jeopardy. His debut album, Day69, was among the most downloaded records on iTunes following its February release.

In a 2015 case in NY, 6ix9ine was sentenced to probation for his involvement in the video that was posted on social media. This past January, Hernandez allegedly choked a 16-year-old at the Galleria Mall in Houston, Texas.

As well as that, a number of his songs have over 100 million streams from Spotify alone, and he has had features on songs with artists such as Nicki Minaj and 50 Cent.

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