Young Thug arrest updates LIVE — Gunna among 28 alleged members of YSL to face RICO charges including racketeering

YOUNG Thug is facing RICO charges, alongside 27 other defendants, after he was named in a 56-count indictment on Monday in Georgia.

The indictment charges Young Thug, rapper Gunna, and 26 others with racketeering, with charges specifically including conspiring to violate the RICO Act and participation in criminal street gang activity.

Among the more prominent names on the list is aspiring rapper Christian Eppinger, according to Fox5 Atlanta.

Other alleged members of "Young Slime Life" or YSL for short include Kahlieff Adams aka "Bobby Hunt," Martinez Arnold aka "Duke," Derontae Bebee aka "Bee" or "B," Damone Blalock aka "Bail," and more.

Music producer Metro Boomin showed support for the artists involved and said YSL is not a gang but rather a company that’s provided “countless jobs and opportunities” to the Black community.

Fellow rapper Post Malone offered his support in a tweet: "I love you more than life itself thug, gun. My love and my support will be here forever."

Read our Young Thug live blog for the very latest news and updates…

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    Bodycam footage, continued

    During the arrest the unknown man took responsibility for everything that was in the car.

    Young Thug pleaded not guilty to a plethora of charges.

    A DeKalb judge ruled all the evidence must be thrown out because prosecutors didn't present credible evidence the law was being violated when police pulled over the car.

    However, an appeals court later reversed the decision. The case is still pending.

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    New body camera footage of 2017 arrest

    Body camera footage was recently released of an arrest involving Young Thug, Gunna, and an unknown man from 2017.

    Officers pulled over the car the three men were in and found weapons, drugs, and money, according to WSB-TV.

    While speaking to a police officer, Young Thug says: "I’m a real superstar. I got kids and everything. I don’t need nobody sending me to f****** jail right now.”

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    Inhumane housing, part three

    The Cobb County Sheriff explained Young Thug was being held in solitary confinement "for his own safety," and the overhead lights stay on so officers can regularly check in to make sure he is okay.

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    Inhumane housing, continued

    Steel also reported the isolated cell has an overhead light that stays on 24/7 preventing Young Thug from sleeping.

    He also allegedly hasn't been allowed any human contact.

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    Young Thug's housing called 'inhumane'

    Young Thug's lawyers filed an emergency motion for a bond hearing or “more humane/non-torturous in-custody housing."

    The motion was filed Friday in the Superior Court of Fulton County, reports WSB-TV.

    Attorney Brian Steel says his client is being held in total isolation in a windowless, cement compartment with only a bed and a toilet

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    What does 'pushin P' mean, continued

    Gunna took to Twitter offering a series of examples of how to use P – and when not to use it.

    He wrote in a series of tweets: "Jumpin n a person beef or situation when u dk wats goin on Not [P].

    "Now…putting your people in position is [P]. 

    "Bossing up your B***h is [P]. 

    "Risking your life to feed your family is [P]. 

    "Being a real n***a off the Internet is [P].

    "I’m pushing [P]."

    "Speaking on a n**** for no reason is not [P].

    "Being loyal is definitely [P]."

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    What does 'pushin P' mean?

    Atlanta rapper Gunna released his single "pushin P" with Future featuring Young Thug as part of his new album DS4EVER.

    He also has been seen popularizing the "P" emoji on his social media, leaving hip hop fans confused over its meaning and its link to the song's title.

    Basically, pushin P means to stay real, and the P stands for player.

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    Gunna also denied bond

    Gunna was also denied bond, but Judge Wolf mentioned his case was entirely different than Young Thug's since he was given a broader racketeering charge.

    Judge Wolf said he would "absolutely… consider bond" for both men once there is more information known.

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    Denied bond, continued

    Defense attorney Brian Steel told the court Young Thug has deep ties to the Atlanta community and has been cooperative throughout the process, therefore he didn't pose a flight risk.

    Steel also mentioned his client has never been convicted of a felony and the open case against him from four years ago is basically dead.

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    Denied bond

    Young Thug was denied bond at a hearing on Wednesday.

    Judge Robert Wolf of the Fulton County Magistrate Court sided with the state prosecutor to deny bond, reports The Fader.

    Wolf cited the rapper as a flight risk and added that he would pose a risk of committing additional felonies if he were released.

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    One Twitter user said that Young Thug’s arrest is “heartbreaking” considering the tragedy that his family went through just months ago with LaKevia Jackson’s death.

    “Prayers to him and his children,” the tweet says.

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    What happened to Young Thug’s baby mama, continued

    Law enforcement sources told TMZ that when they arrived at the scene they found LaKevia dead, having suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

    A spokesperson for Young Thug told a WPLG reporter at the time that the artist is focusing on grieving with his family.

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    What happened to Young Thug’s baby mama?

    A bowling alley customer allegedly killed Young Thug’s baby mama, LaKevia Jackson.

    LaKevia and the assailant were allegedly involved in a dispute over a bowling ball before the murder occurred on Thursday, March 17.

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    Members of the alleged YSL gang, continued

    Other alleged members include:

    • Kahlieff Adams aka “Bobby Hunt”
    • Martinez Arnold aka “Duke”
    • Derontae Bebee aka “Bee” or “B”
    • Damone Blalock aka “Bail”
    • Javaris Bradford aka ” Tuda”
    • Justin Cobb aka “Duwap”
    • Cordarius Dorsey aka “Polo” or “Juicy”
    • Miles Farley aka “Slato” or “Lil Miles”
    • Jevon Fleetwood aka “4tray” or “Psycho”
    • Damekion Garlington aka “Dee” or “Sxarfaxe”
    • Quantavious Grier aka “Unfoonk”
    • Marquavius Huey aka “Qua”
    • Deamonte Kendrick aka “Yak Gotti”
    • Wunnie Lee aka “Slimelife Shawty”
    • Demise McMullen aka “Nard”
    • Tenquarius Mender aka “Stunna”
    • Walter Murphy aka “DK”
    • Jayden Myrick aka “SetTrip” or “JayMan”
    • Quamarvious Nichols aka “Qua”
    • Rodalius Ryan aka “Lil Rod”
    • Antonio Sledge aka “Mounk Tounk”
    • Trontavious Stephens aka “Tick” or “Slug”
    • Shannon Stillwell aka “Shannon Jackson” or “SB”
    • Antonio Sumlin aka “Obama”
    • Jimmy Winfrey aka “Roscoe”

    Who are some alleged YSL gang members?

    On May 9, 2022, Williams was arrested along with 28 others and accused of being the leader of a gang court documents refer to as “Young Slime Life” or YSL for short.

    Other prominent names on the list are Sergio Kitchens, known professionally as Gunna, and aspiring rapper Christian Eppinger, according to Fox5 Atlanta.

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      What crimes are included in the RICO act?

      Racketeering violations are regarded as “predicate offenses”, referring to a crime committed which is a component of a larger crime.

      • Arson
      • Bribery
      • Counterfeiting
      • Distribution of a controlled substance
      • Embezzlement
      • Extortion
      • Fraud
      • Gambling
      • Homicide
      • Kidnapping
      • Mail fraud
      • Money laundering
      • Murder
      • Murder-for-hire
      • Robbery
      • Terrorism
      • Wire fraud
      • Witness tampering

      What constitutes breaking RICO laws?

      To convict a defendant accused of violating RICO laws, the government must prove a number of things beyond a reasonable doubt.

      • That a criminal enterprise existed
      • That the actions of the group affected interstate business
      • That the defendant was associated with or employed by the organization
      • That the accused was involved in a pattern of racketeering activity
      • That the defendant was party to the operations conducted by the enterprise during at least two acts throughout the sequence of racketeering activity

      What are RICO charges?

      The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a United States federal law passed by Congress in 1970.

      The legislation, signed by President Richard Nixon, explicitly aimed to combat organized crime across the United States.

      It allows criminals to be hit with extended penalties and a civil cause of action for their roles in a criminal organization.

      It specifically focuses on racketeering and targets kingpins by allowing them to be tried for crimes that they ordered or assisted in.

      Before the RICO Act, a person could be absolved from prosecution if they did not personally commit the crime.

      What is Young Thug's net worth?

      Since the start of his career, Jeffrey Lamar Williams has come a long way from the Section 8 house he grew up in.

      As of May 2022, the rapper has an estimated net worth of $8million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.

      This number comes from his successful career in the music industry.

      Who is Young Thug?

      Young Thug is an American rapper best known for the songs Go Crazy, Solid, and Bubbly.

      Young Thug's real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams.

      He was born in 1991 in Atlanta, Georgia.

      Thug was arrested recently with one count of attempted murder and one count of participating in criminal street gang activity.

      Young Thug’s father speaks out

      The rapper’s dad told Atlanta’s ABC affiliate that his son has been wrongfully accused.

      Jeffrey Williams Sr said that YSL is more of a business than a criminal gang, according to Channel 2.

      “I’m gonna fight for him to the end,” Williams said. “I’m his father. That’s what I do.

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        Indictment says Lil Wayne was a victim

        The superstar rapper Lil Wayne was apparently a victim of YSL’s criminal activity, the 88-page indictment says.

        Lil Wayne, real name Dwayne Carter, was apparently shot at by a YSL member named Jimmy Winfrey.

        Winfrey apparently shot at Wayne’s tour bus in 2015, the New York Times reported.

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        Young Thug nominated for Billboard award

        Young Thug has been nominated for Top Rap Song for "Way 2 Sexy" by Drake, featuring him and Future

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        Young Thug previous arrests

        Young Thug grew up in the midst of crime and violence.

        During school, Young Thug was expelled after breaking his teacher’s arm and was put into juvenile detention for four years.

        It is alleged that his involvement in violence continued throughout his teenage years, as he developed bad habits including gambling and drug use.

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        Who is a member of the alleged YSL gang? continued

        Other alleged members include:

        • Kahlieff Adams aka "Bobby Hunt"
        • Martinez Arnold aka "Duke"
        • Derontae Bebee aka "Bee" or "B"
        • Damone Blalock aka "Bail"
        • Javaris Bradford aka " Tuda"
        • Justin Cobb aka "Duwap"
        • Cordarius Dorsey aka "Polo" or "Juicy"
        • Miles Farley aka "Slato" or "Lil Miles"
        • Jevon Fleetwood aka "4tray" or "Psycho"
        • Damekion Garlington aka "Dee" or "Sxarfaxe"
        • Quantavious Grier aka "Unfoonk"
        • Marquavius Huey aka "Qua"
        • Deamonte Kendrick aka "Yak Gotti"
        • Wunnie Lee aka "Slimelife Shawty"
        • Demise McMullen aka "Nard"
        • Tenquarius Mender aka "Stunna"
        • Walter Murphy aka "DK"
        • Jayden Myrick aka "SetTrip" or "JayMan"
        • Quamarvious Nichols aka "Qua"
        • Rodalius Ryan aka "Lil Rod"
        • Antonio Sledge aka "Mounk Tounk"
        • Trontavious Stephens aka "Tick" or "Slug"
        • Shannon Stillwell aka "Shannon Jackson" or "SB"
        • Antonio Sumlin aka "Obama"
        • Jimmy Winfrey aka "Roscoe"

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