6ix9ine was arrested Sunday night (Nov. 18) by federal ATF and Homeland Security agents on six counts of various racketeering, firearms, assault with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy murder charges through his involvement with the Nine Trey Gangster Bloods, says the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. The indictment finds Tekashi staring down a life sentence and a minimum of 32 years behind bars if convicted, according to the prosecutors.
Following a contentious day in court Monday (Nov. 19), the Brooklyn rapper was denied bail by U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Pitmaneven after his lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, offered up to $1.7 million in Tekashi’s bank account and agreed to surrender his passport just to keep him out of detention before trial gets going, reports Courthouse News Service.
The judge further explained that he could not look past the risk of 6ix9ine’s freedom posing a threat to society. Lazzaro has already indicated that he plans to appeal the ruling and secure bail for his client during an emergency Wednesday (Nov. 21) hearing with U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer, reports HipHop-N-More, since Lazzaro believes 6ix9ine isn’t a flight risk.
Attorney Michael Longyear explained that federal agents had caught wind of plans to “super violate” Tekashi through intercepted wiretaps of 6ix9ine’s former associates. After offering him protection, which Tekashi refused, the feds continued to track the 22-year-old and decided to arrest him out of fear for his life (and for jeopardizing the lives of possible bystanders) after learning he was going to be traveling out of the state from a Manhattan hotel to Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.
“As alleged in the indictment, this gang, which included platinum-selling rap artist Tekashi 6ix9ine, wreaked havoc on New York City, engaging in brazen acts of violence,” said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman in court. “Showing reckless indifference to others’ safety, members of the gang were allegedly involved in robberies and shootings, including a shooting inside the crowded Barclay’s Center, and a shooting in which an innocent bystander was hit. Thanks to the extraordinary work of HSI, ATF, and the NYPD, the defendants will now face justice in federal court.”
According to TMZ, 6ix9ine is being held in the general population part of Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center. The report goes on to quote the U.S. Justice Department calling the BMC a “notoriously brutal” federal jail with “extremely violent” inmates.
More to come. Billboard has reached out to 6ix9ine’s lawyer for comment.