Rapper Young Thug is arrested on gang-related charges
Young Thug has been detained on gang-related accusations, ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) – According to jail records, Atlanta rapper Young Thug was one of 28 people indicted Monday in Georgia on counts of conspiracy to violate the state’s RICO legislation and street gang charges.
Jeffery Lamar Williams, an Atlanta rapper, was detained at his residence in Buckhead, a district just north of downtown Atlanta. The Fulton County Jail is where he is being kept.
According to the jail record, the conspiracy charge was filed in 2013 and the gang charge was filed in 2018.
According to the indictment, Young Thug is one of three founders of the Young Slime Life, a “criminal street gang that began in late 2012” in Atlanta. Officials claim that YSL is linked to the national Bloods gang. “Preserving, safeguarding, and enhancing the enterprise’s reputation, power, and territory by acts of racketeering activity, including murder, assault, and threats of violence,” according to the charges.
“Mr. Williams committed no crime whatsoever,” Young Thug’s lawyer Brian Steel told local media, adding that he will “fight until his last drop of blood to clear him.”
He will appear in court for the first time on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.
Atlanta rapper Gunna, whose real name is Sergio Kitchens, and wannabe rapper Christian Eppinger, who was already in jail, were also indicted on Monday for allegedly shooting an Atlanta police officer six times in February. Gunna, who is accused of conspiring to violate the state’s RICO laws, was not immediately available for comment.
Young Thug and Gunna posted bail for 30 low-level inmates who couldn’t afford it themselves in April 2021.
YSL Records, or Young Stoner Life Records, is Young Thug’s record label. The company refers to its performers as “Slime Family,” and in April 2021, a compilation album called “Slime Language 2” debuted at No. 1 on the charts.