Tekashi69 has been denied bail after pleading not guilty in his federal racketeering case.
The rapper was arrested in New York City on November 19 by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), as part of a joint investigation with Homeland Security Investigations and the New York City Police Department.
Racketeering is the involvement in fraudulent and dishonest business dealing.
Following the arrest, a 17-page indictment was released by the Department of Justice explaining the rapper’s situation.
The report explains Tekashi was one of six people arrested for being associated with, or a member of a violent New York City gang.
A judge set the rapper’s trial date for September 4, 2019. Until then, he will remain behind bars according to TMZ.
Tekashi’s attorney Lance Lazzaro apparently has plans to apply for bail directly to the trial judge.
The rapper was denied bail when Lazzaro offered to fork out $750k, surrender his passport and remain on house arrest.
In October, 6ix9ine was sentenced to four years probation in a child sex case, with the requirements he perform 1,000 hours of community service and avoid all gang activity.
Having breached the conditions of his probation, the rapper now faces time in prison.
The indictment explains he’s facing six counts, including conspiring to commit crimes which include armed robbery, drug dealing, and shootings.
The most serious of the charges is the discharging of a firearm while committing a crime, which is punishable with a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison, and could potentially carry a life sentence for the BEBE singer.
News of the rapper’s situation was shared by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on Twitter last week.
Recording artist and performer Tekashi 6ix 9ine and five other members and associates of violent New York City gang charged in Manhattan federal court with racketeering and firearms offenses https://t.co/cFWiiBeoIq
— US Attorney SDNY (@SDNYnews) November 19, 2018
The gang which Tekashi is said to have been a part of, engaged in the acts of violence to protect their drug business, retaliate against gang rivals, and promote their violent reputation.
HSI Special Agent in Charge, Angel M. Melendez said:
Members of Nine Trey, who wielded firearms and pushed highly addictive drugs onto New York City streets, allegedly showed an unprecedented level of violence this year, and for that they are now facing multiple charges, including an incident in which an innocent bystander was shot.
This criminal enterprise has no business in our city, and we will continue to work with our partners to ensure that Nine Trey crew members, including the more well-known ‘Tekashi 6ix 9ine,’ are in a place where they cannot inflict further violence on our communities.
The plot thickens, I guess.
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