RAPPER Gunna and 27 others have been arrested in Atlanta, Georgia on charges including conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations (RICO) Act.
Let’s take a look at the details.
Who is Gunna?
Gunna is the stage name for American rapper Sergio Giavanni Kitchens.
He is signed to Young Thug’s record label YSL Records, as well as 300 Entertainment and Atlantic Records.
He first raised in the ranks after featuring on Young Thug’s “Floyd Mayweather,” alongside Gucci Mane and Travis Scott.
The single reached the 41 spot on the Billboard’s R&B/hip-hop chart, and was enough to propel Gunna to relative fame.
On May 9, 2022, Gunna was arrested in Atlanta, along with Young Thug.
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Why was Gunna arrested?
Gunna was arrested on charges of participation in street gang activity and conspiring to violate the RICO Act.
The rapper’s arrest is the result of a larger grand jury indictment that names 28 members and associates of his label and imprint YSL.
The 56-count indictment runs a whopping 88 pages long, according to The New York Times.
Young Thug, Yak Gotti, PeeWee Roscoe, and Young Thug’s brother Unfoonk were also indicted.
What charges has Gunna been arrested for?
The indictment defines YSL as a “criminal street gang” founded in 2012 with an affiliation with the Bloods – a primarily African-American street gang founded in Los Angeles, California.
While all 28 defendants were charged with conspiracy to violate RICO, Gunna and Thug’s fellow defendants face additional charges including armed robbery, aggravated assault, drugs and weapons charges.
The indictment also claims that Gunna was wearing chains that read “YSL” and “Slatt” in the video for his Lil Keed collaboration “Fox 5.”
Prosecutors argued that his wardrobe in the video and the line “we got ten-hundred round choppers” amount to “an overt act in furtherance of the conspiracy.”
The indictment also alleges Gunna and other YSL members engaged in the activities including:
Preserving, protecting and enhancing the reputation, power and territory of the enterprise through acts of racketeering activity including murder, assault and threats of violence; Preserving, protecting and enhancing the reputation, power and territory of the enterprise by the posting of messages, images, videos and songs, demonstrating allegiance to the enterprise and a willingness to engage in violence on its behalf; Maintaining armed individuals ready and willing to preserve, protect and enhance the reputation, power and territory of the enterprise through the use of violence; Obtaining money, weapons and other property through acts of racketeering activity, including robbery, theft and the unlawful sale and distribution of drugs; Obstructing law enforcement investigations and court proceedings through witness intimidation and attacks upon law enforcement officers.
Some members have been charged with violent crimes including murder and attempted armed robbery.