Young Thug is reportedly facing more charges in the ongoing RICO case against Young Stoner Life records and their affiliated members.
In May, the rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams was arrested on charges of participation in street gang activity and conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations (RICO) Act. His labelmate, Gunna, was also arrested and refused bond.
Authorities allege YSL are a “criminal street gang” that Thug co-founded in Atlanta in 2012. In his defence, Williams’ lawyer, Brian Steel, claimed the rapper “committed no violation of law whatsoever” and that his team “will fight this case ethically, legally and zealously”.
Now, there are two additional charges for Thug relating to gang activity-related, three charges of violation of the Georgia controlled substances act, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, and possession of a machine gun.
In his defence, Young Thug’s attorney, Brian Steel said: “Mr. Williams has committed no violation of law, whatsoever. We will fight this case ethically, legally and zealously. Mr. Williams will be cleared.”
Thug was denied bond in June following a hearing, as was fellow YSL member Walter Murphy. The RICO case is expected to go to trial on January 9th, 2023.
“There has been significant proffers about Mr. Williams being a danger to the community,” Judge Ural D. Glanville said about Thug in June. He added: “In particular, the state’s proffer that they have taken proffers from other gang members – people who are in this particular indictment and others who are not in this indictment – that he is the leader of the gang, he is dangerous and if he crosses them he’ll kill them or their families.”