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Young Thug charged with seven more felonies

Young Thug has been charged with seven more additional felonies after the gang-related charges he faced earlier this week.

The rapper’s real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, and he was arrested on Monday as part of an indictment which focused on his YSL label and imprint. Authorities allege YSL, which is an acronym for Young Stoner Life, is a front for a “criminal street gang” that Thug co-founded in Atlanta in 2012.

When he was arrested, Young Thug was first held on two counts of participating in criminal street gang activity and conspiracy to violate Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations (RICO) Act.

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”.

However, Thug has now been charged with an additional seven more felonies separate from the RICO indictment. WSB-TV reporter Michael Seiden claims the additional charges came after police raided his Atlanta home.

There are two drug-related charges, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of a Schedule III, IV or V controlled substance with intent to distribute.

Additionally, he has also been charged with possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and possession of a sawed-off shotgun, sawed-off rifle, machine gun, dangerous weapon or silencer.

Furthermore, Thug has also been charged with three counts of being a person employed or associated with a criminal street gang to conduct or participate in criminal gang activity through the commission of a crime.

Williams was one of 28 defendants who were indicted earlier this week, was Gunna also charged with conspiring to violate the RICO Act. They all deny involvement with criminal activity.