Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine in federal custody on firearms and racketeering charges

Tekashi 6ix9ine. Photo: SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images

Tekashi 6ix9ine can now add a federal sting to his many controversies. According to TMZ, the rapper (né Daniel Hernandez) and four of his associates were arrested on Sunday night in New York City on racketeering and firearms charges. The arrests were reportedly part of a joint investigation between the NYPD, Homeland Security, and the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Tekashi’s recently fired manager, Kifano “Shottie” Jordan, bodyguard Faheem “Crippy” Walter, and associates Jensel “Ish” Butler and Fuguan “Fu Banga” Lovick were also arrested.

Walter was the bodyguard shot during an altercation at a restaurant following Tekashi’s sentencing for sexual misconduct last month. Jordan was recently charged with gang assault and weapons possession in connection with that same incident. In October, Tekashi was sentenced to four years probation for the use of a child in a sexual performance and, last week, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for a separate assault charge on a New York police officer. The terms of both guilty pleas state that Tekashi must remain out of criminal trouble or will face jail time. Tekashi is scheduled to be arraigned in Manhattan federal court later today on the racketeering charges. Meanwhile, his debut album, Dummy Boy, is set to be released this week.

Update, 6;45 p.m.: According to the Blast, 6ix9ine and four other associates have been hit with a 17-count indictment alleging widespread organized gang activity related to their participation in the local Bloods street gang the Nine Trey Bloods. They have been accused of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit murder, distribution of heroin, fentanyl, MDMA, and marijuana, and other crimes allegedly carried out between 2013 to this month with the intention of maintaining the “power, territory, and profits” of the Nine Trey Bloods. The Blast reports that 6ix9ine faces a maximum sentence of life in prison on two of those counts.

Check out these clips from an eye witness lawyer involved in the case.

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