The raptor 6ix9ine and five other men were indicted Monday on charges of extortion and guns, according to a federal indictment alleging that the rapper was part of a violent gang that operated as a "criminal enterprise."
Prosecutors allege that the Brooklyn rapper, whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez, was part of the Bloods of Nine Trey Gangsta, and that the gang carried out "shootings, robberies and assaults in Manhattan and the surrounding area," in addition to selling drugs
The gang "wreaked havoc in New York City, engaging in blatant acts of violence," Geoffrey S. Berman, a United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement.
The indictment alleges that 6ix9ine, also known as Tekashi 6ix9ine and Tekashi69, and several associates participated in the robbery of April gang members. Prosecutors also allege that the rapper was part of a group that agreed to shoot someone who had disrespected the gang, resulting in an innocent bystander shot in July.
He could not immediately contact a rapper's lawyer, known for his rainbow-colored hair, prominent face tattoos and punches like "Gummo" and Nicki Minaj with "Fefe", for comment.
This is the last one in a A long series of legal problems for the 22-year-old who has cultivated a fast-growing fan base on SoundCloud and on social media. It was on Instagram last week that 6ix9ine informed the fans that they had canceled all dates of their next US tour and that they had fired "everyone" on their team, including their former manager, Kifano "Shotti" Jordan, who was accused next to the rapper on Monday.
It was also last week that 6ix9ine pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, stemming from a traffic stop in May. The rapper had initially faced an assault charge for minor crimes, as reported by TMZ, and was accused of squeezing the hand of a police officer so strong that it caused swelling. According to the site, the rapper's lawyer said he risked going to jail unless he stayed out of trouble for a year.
The New York Times reports that the rapper and his defendants were ordered detained without bail after appearing in court Monday night. One of the charges facing 6ix9ine carries a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison, if convicted, the maximum sentence is life imprisonment.
6ix9ine made headlines when she avoided going to jail last month in connection with a 2015 case in which she pleaded guilty to using a child in a sexual performance. The rapper signed a plea agreement after the incident, which involved sexually explicit videos with 18-year-old 6ix9ine, another man and a 13-year-old girl. One condition of the plea agreement was that it would stay out of legal trouble for the next two years.
But after two arrests this year, including the arrest of traffic and an altercation with a teenage fan in Houston, prosecutors argued that Hernandez had violated the agreement. According to the New York Times, prosecutors asked a judge of the Manhattan Supreme Court to sentence him to prison for one to three years. He was sentenced in October to four years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service.
Prior to his most recent arrest, 6ix9ine had been connecting his next album, "Dummy Boy," which he said would be released on Friday. In an Instagram post on Sunday, he presented songs with Minaj and rapper Kanye West.