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Young Thug And Gunna Charged With Racketeering In Atlanta, Both Denied Bond

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Fulton County Sheriff's Office

Rappers Young Thug and Gunna have been indicted in Fulton County, Atlanta in connection to alleged gang crimes in affiliation with the gang Young Slime Life, a.k.a. YSL, according to filings acquired by Variety.

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Journalist Michael Seiden from the metro Atlanta news network WSB-TV shared more details to Twitter.

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While Gunna has been charged with one count of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), he hasn’t been arrested. Young Thug, however, was arrested on charges of gang activity and conspiring to violate RICO on May 9.

“It does not matter what your notoriety is, what your fame is, if you come to Fulton County, Georgia, and you commit crimes … you are going to become a target and a focus of this district attorney’s office, and we are going to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law,” Fulton county district attorney Fani Willis said on Tuesday at a news conference where she announced the charges.

The sprawling indictment includes a total of 28 defendants who are affiliated with the YSL gang and there are 56 counts of gang related activity and racketeering to be brought against them.

Young Thug’s arrest follows a police raid of his home. Additional charges include possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of firearm during commission of a felony, possession of sawed-off-shotgun, sawed-off rifle, machine gun, dangerous weapon or silencer, and three charges of unlawful participation in criminal gang activity while employed by/associated with a criminal street gang. 

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Both Young Thug and Gunna are rising rap stars and are at the high point of their careers, but all of that is likely about to change. 

Young Thug’s album “Punk,” released in October 2021, was his third to debut at the number one spot on the Billboard 200. He was also featured on Drake’s “Way 2 Sexy” track at the end of 2021. 

Gunna, meanwhile, was a guest on SNL only a month ago, and his latest album “DS4Ever” debuted at the number one spot just this past January. Gunna attended last week’s Met Gala in New York City.

The indictment also includes references to a few of Young Thug’s lyrics in which he says, “I never killed anybody but I got something to do with that body,” and “I told them to shoot hundred rounds.”

DA Willis said in the news conference that she believes the quoted song lyrics are “overt and predicate acts” that support the RICO charge.

“The First Amendment does not protect people from prosecutors using it as evidence if it is so,” she said.

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Written by Anna Good

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