Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine In Federal Custody on Racketeering, Firearms Charges; DOJ Releases New Info

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Recording Artist 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 / Press Release:

Officials in New York announced the unsealing today of an Indictment charging six members and associates of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, also known as “Nine Trey,” with racketeering conspiracy and firearms offenses.

Five were taken into custody last night and today. A sixth defendant is in state custody and will be transferred to federal custody.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said: “As alleged in the indictment, this gang, which included platinum-selling rap artist Tekashi 6ix 9ine, wreaked havoc on New York City, engaging in brazen acts of violence. Showing reckless indifference to others’ safety, members of the gang were allegedly involved in robberies and shootings, including a shooting inside the crowded Barclay’s Center, and a shooting in which an innocent bystander was hit. Thanks to the extraordinary work of HSI, ATF, and the NYPD, the defendants will now face justice in federal court.”

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.”

ATF Special Agent in Charge Ashan M. Benedict said: “ATF stands firmly at the frontline in the fight against violent crime. The individuals charged today with racketeering conspiracy and firearms offenses are members and associates of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, also known as ‘Nine Trey.’ The members and associates of this street gang engaged in violent robberies, assaults, and shootings. The ATF/ NYPD Joint Firearms Task Force, with members from HSI, Federal Probation, NYS Parole and NYC Department of Correction, work tirelessly alongside their other law enforcement partners to rid the streets of individuals that spread violence and endanger their fellow citizens. I would like to thank the United States Attorney’s Office for their work in prosecuting in the case.”

As alleged in the Indictment unsealed today in Manhattan federal court:

Nine Trey was a criminal enterprise involved in committing numerous acts of violence, including shootings, robberies, and assaults in and around Manhattan and Brooklyn. Members and associates of Nine Trey engaged in violence to retaliate against rival gangs, to promote the standing and reputation of Nine Trey, and to protect the gang’s narcotics business. Members and associates of Nine Trey enriched themselves by committing robberies and selling drugs, such as heroin, fentanyl, furanly fentanyl, MDMA, dibutylone, and marijuana.

The Indictment charges Jamel Jones, a/k/a “Mel Murda,” Kifano Jordan, a/k/a “Shotti,” Jensel Butler, a/k/a “Ish,” Daniel Hernandez, a/k/a “Tekashi 6ix 9ine,” Fuguan Lovick, a/k/a “Fu Banga,” and Faheem Walter, a/k/a “Crippy,” with racketeering and firearms offenses. Count One of the Indictment charges the suspects with participating in a racketeering conspiracy for their criminal involvement in Nine Trey. Count Two charges them with using and carrying firearms, which were brandished and discharged, in connection with the racketeering conspiracy. Counts Three through Five charge the suspects with participating in a gunpoint robbery in the vicinity of West 40th Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan on or about April 3, 2018. Counts Six and Seven charge Lovick with shooting at rivals of Nine Trey in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on or about April 21, 2018. Count Eight charges Jordan, Butler, Hernandez, and Walter with agreeing to shoot an individual who had shown disrespect to Nine Trey, resulting in an innocent bystander being shot, in the vicinity of Fulton Street and Utica Avenue in Brooklyn on or about July 16, 2018.

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