Tekashi 6ix9ine has been an active member of killer NYC gang and even ordered shootings, say prosecutors
The rapper was charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit murder, and drug distribution as a result of a five-year federal investigation
Tekashi 6ix9ine was arrested Sunday by federal agents and charged with a litany of crimes, including armed robbery, conspiracy to commit murder, and drug distribution. At a hearing on Monday afternoon, prosecutors laid out their case against 6ix9ine (real name Daniel Hernandez) and four of his associates -- ex-manager Kifano “Shottie” Jordan, Faheem “Crippy” Walter, Jensel “Ish” Butler and Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones -- who were also arrested, Rolling Stone reported.
6ix9ine and his associates face 17 federal charges. If found guilty, 6ix9ine faces a minimum of 32 years and a maximum of life in prison. Hernandez’ attorney, Lance Lazzaro, advocated for bail under the condition Hernandez surrenders his passport, pays over $1 million for bail and be placed under house arrest. But the federal judge denied the request citing he may still be a threat to the community.
The charges are the result of a five-year investigation into the criminal activities of the Bloods street gang known as Nine Trey Bloods (aka "Treyway"), of which 6ix9ine is said to be a member. Specifically, 6ix9ine is alleged to have been involved in an April 2018 armed robbery. As his crew allegedly held up a rival gang member at gunpoint, 6ix9ine reportedly sat in a nearby vehicle and filmed the entire incident. Investigators later reportedly found the stolen items inside 6ix9ine’s house.
6ix9ine was also charged with possession of an AR-15 and was allegedly involved in two other shootings according to the indictment. In April 2018, a member of his crew opened fire inside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center where 6ix9ine was performing. Three months later, 6ix9ine allegedly ordered the shooting of a bystander who disrespected the Treyway gang.
“Members and associates of the Enterprise promoted and celebrated the criminal conduct of the Enterprise, namely narcotics distribution, acts involving violence, and the use of firearms, in music and on social media,” the indictment reads. “The purposes of the Enterprise included preserving and protecting the power, territory, and profits of the Enterprise through acts involving murder… and threats of violence.”
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Defense lawyers contend the rapper had only a loose association with the gang, saying he had hired them to work as his security detail. Interestingly, prior to his arrest on Sunday, 6ix9ine fired his entire team, including his manager, alleging they had stolen money from him. Federal agents reportedly discovered credible threats of “retaliation” against 6ix9ine after the incident and prosecutors said they prematurely took 6ix9ine into custody for fear of his life.
Beyond the federal prison time he faces, the arrest also likely violated the terms of 6ix9ine’s existing conditional probation stemming from a 2015 case involving sex with a minor. 6ix9ine was granted probation on the condition he does not get arrested again. He faces four years behind bars for violating his probation. So, even if the rapper avoids a life sentence, he could add 4 years to the minimum of 32 to make it a total of 36 years. The news arrives just three days short of the Brooklyn rapper's debut album 'Dummy Boy', which is set to drop on Friday, November 23, and features guest spots by Nicki Minaj and Kanye West among others.