Atlanta Rapper Young Thug Arrested on RICO, Gang Charges

Rapper Young Thug was one of 28 people charged in Georgia on Monday with conspiracy to violate the state’s RICO law and street gang charges, according to prison records

ATLANTA — Rapper Young Thug was one of 28 people charged Monday in Georgia with conspiracy to violate the state’s RICO law and street gang charges, according to prison records.

The Atlanta rapper, named Jeffrey Lamar Williams, was arrested at his home in Buckhead, an Atlanta neighborhood just north of downtown. He is being held in the Fulton County Jail.

The conspiracy charges date from 2013 and the gang indictment from 2018, the prison file says.

Young Thug is reportedly one of the three founders of Young Slime Life, “a criminal street gang that began in Atlanta in late 2012, according to the indictment. YSL is affiliated with the National Bloods Gang, officials said. The charges include “Preserving, protecting and enhancing the Company’s reputation, power and territory through racketeering activities, including murder, assault and threats of violence.”

Young Thug’s attorney Brian Steel told local media that “Mr. Williams committed no crime at all” and that he would “fight to his last drop of blood to purify him”.

He will appear in court for the first time on Tuesday at 11:30 am

Also on Monday, Atlanta rapper Gunna, whose real name is Sergio Kitchens, and aspiring rapper Christian Eppinger, already in prison, were charged with shooting an Atlanta police officer six times in February. It was not immediately known whether Gunna, who is charged with conspiracy to violate the state’s RICO law, has been arrested.

In April 2021, Young Thug and Gunna paid bail for 30 low-cost inmates who were unable to pay the costs themselves.

Young Thug’s record label is called YSL Records or Young Stoner Life Records. The label refers to its artists as part of the ‘Slime Family’ and a compilation album called ‘Slime Language 2’ reached number 1 on the charts in April 2021.

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