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Rappers Young Thug and Gunna Indicted in Massive Bust: Racketeering, Gang Activity and More

Rappers Young Thug and Gunna Indicted in Massive Bust: Racketeering, Gang Activity and More

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May 10 2022, Published 12:35 p.m. ET

Rappers Young Thug and Gunna have caught some serious attention - of the kind they really don't want.

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Young Thug was arrested this week on charges that may include racketeering, gang activity and more - and Gunna may be next. Here's a look at what Atlanta police believe they've done.

Busted

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Young Thug is one of 58 people caught up in a bust by Fulton County's Sherriff's Department, which comprises Atlanta, Georgia.

NBC News reports, "Young Thug is one of 28 people named in a 56-count indictment, which includes violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO, Act and participating in criminal street gang activity, according to court documents.

The allegations center around YSL, or 'Young Slime Life,' which prosecutors say is a street gang formed in 2012 in Atlanta, according to the indictment filed in Fulton Superior Court."

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30-year-old Young Thug, real name Jeffrey Lamar Williams, is supposedly one of the three members who founded YSL, according to the indictment. YSL has ties to the national Bloods gang.

NBC News adds, "Young Thug is one of 28 people named in a 56-count indictment, which includes violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations, or RICO, Act and participating in criminal street gang activity, according to court documents.

The allegations center around YSL, or 'Young Slime Life,' which prosecutors say is a street gang formed in 2012 in Atlanta, according to the indictment filed in Fulton Superior Court."

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Also indicted is rapper Gunna, although he does not appear to have been taken into custody. Young Thug will appear in court Tuesday at 11:30 AM.

TMZ obtained a copy of the indictment and adds this interesting tidbit, "We've obtained the nearly-100 page indictment, and the allegations are significant ... with claims Thug and Gunna possessed methamphetamine, hydrocodone and marijuana with the intent to distribute.

Thug is also accused of receiving stolen property, flashing gang signs in his music videos and wearing gang-affiliated clothing."

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Young Thug's Lawyer will 'Fight to His Last Drop of Blood' to Clear Client

Young Thug’s lawyer, Brian Steel, maintains that his client is innocent.

“Mr. Williams has committed no violation of law, whatsoever. We will fight this case ethically, legally and zealously. Mr. Williams will be cleared,” YT's lawyer says of the arrest.

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YT is charged with two counts, per the indictment: conspiracy to violate RICO, and participation in criminal street gang activity. Other individuals indicted alongside the rapper face other charges, including murder, assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery and more.

The Chicago Sun Times explains, "In addition to specific charges, the indictment includes a wide-ranging list of 181 acts prosecutors say were committed as part of a conspiracy to further the gang’s interests. They include appearing in videos with inflammatory song lyrics, appearing in photos on social media with gang symbols, possessing drugs with intent to distribute, aggravated assault and murder.

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The indictment accuses members of the gang of trying to kill rival gang member and rapper YFN Lucci, whose given name is Rayshawn Bennett, by “stabbing and stabbing at” him with a shank in the Fulton County Jail. YFN Lucci was among a dozen people charged in another gang-related RICO indictment in Fulton County a year ago."

If it turns out they've caught the killer of YFN Lucci, the round-up will be a huge step in the direction of addressing organized crime in Atlanta. Although the city doesn't get the same coverage as cities like Los Angeles or Chicago for gang activity, it's been a growing problem in the increasingly segregated and income-disparate southern capital city.

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