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Tekashi 6ix9ine, a platinum-selling rapper who has collaborated with people like Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and 50 Cent, was indicted in federal court on Monday on numerous charges including alleged involvement in shootings, armed robbery and drug trafficking.
Prosecutors allege that he, along with five other men named in the indictment, are part or are associated with a violent gang in New York City called Nine Trey Gangstas Bloods. The charges, which were revealed Monday in the US District Court. UU From the Southern District of New York, they include six charges against Tekashi, 22, whose birth name is Daniel Hernandez and also known as 6ix9ine or Tekashi69.
According to prosecutors, if Hernández is convicted, the minimum punishment could range from 3 years in prison to life imprisonment.
The indictment recounts three specific incidents that allegedly took place earlier this year. In the first, which prosecutors say took place on April 3 near Times Square, members of the Nine Trey gang, including Hernandez, allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint.
In the second incident, which allegedly took place on April 21, one of the other accused men, Fuguan Lovick, is accused of shooting a rival inside the popular Barclays Center arena in Brooklyn, although no one was beaten. On July 16, prosecutors also accuse, an innocent bystander was shot when members of a gang planned to shoot someone who had been disrespectful to Nine Trey.
Like Tekashi 6ix9ine, Hernández achieved hip-hop fame in large part after the debut of his first commercial single, "Gummo," last November; The song was platinum. Your mixtape Day 69, released in February, debuted at number 4 on the Billboard album list. He continued to collaborate with artists such as Nicki Minaj and Kanye West. A recent filming of a music video with West and Hernandez was interrupted by gunfire; In another incident in August, it was reported that shots were fired on the set of a video session with Hernandez and 50 Cent. It is not known in any of the incidents who fired the weapons.
Last month, Hernandez received four years of probation after pleading guilty to a 2015 case in which he made and distributed a sexually explicit video with a 13-year-old girl that he later posted online. (An adult man who had sex with the same girl as part of the videos was imprisoned).
Last Wednesday, Hernandez pleaded guilty to another charge of disorderly conduct, stemming from a May incident related to what was described in a Gallow report as the assault of a police officer in Brooklyn, but that was reduced to a lesser charge. (That same month, he was arrested in Texas for allegedly attacking a 16-year-old boy). He received a one-year probationary period related to the Brooklyn charge.
The United States Attorney's office issued a statement Monday saying the federal indictment was the result of a cooperative investigation involving the New York Police Department, National Security Investigations and the Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
During the cut-off time on Monday, the New York Times According to reports, it was also revealed that the FBI had warned the rapper this past weekend that there were possibly death threats against him by members of the gang.
Pitman denied Hernandez's bail request on Monday, and said that during a September raid at the FBI in Hernandez's apartment, agents found a backpack that was allegedly taken during the April robbery. The backpack contained the credit cards and identification of the man they had stolen, and the agents also found an AR-15 weapon. In addition, prosecutors say that Tekashi was caught in a surveillance video during the April 3 incident.
Last week, the rapper gave an extended interview to the popular talk show. the Breakfast club at 105.1 FM in New York, saying he had fired his entire management team. In the course of that conversation, Hernandez also professed to be afraid of only two forces: "God first," he said, "and the FBI."