Rapper Young Thug was arrested in Atlanta on Monday and charged with two counts of gang-related activity, records show.
The 30-year-old Grammy Award-winning artist, whose real name is Jeffrey Lamar Williams, was jailed Monday and charged with conspiracy to breach racketeer-influenced and corrupt organizations. [RICO] Act and involvement in criminal street gang activity, according to Fulton County Jail records.
The Ricoh charge stems from alleged crimes committed in January 2013, while the Gang Activity Charge dates from 2018, records show.
Details about those allegations have not been released.
Fox 5 Atlanta reported that Young Thug was taken into custody by the Atlanta Police Department on Monday at the Buckhead mansion.
The Fulton County District Attorney’s office did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for more information.
Young Thug’s attorney, Brian Steele, told The Post that his client is innocent and is expected to be cleared of the charges against him.
“Mr. Williams has committed no violation of the law,” Steele said. “We will fight this matter ethically, legally and with vigor. Mr. Williams will be fired.”
The rapper was arrested as a result of a 56-count grand jury indictment, which named 28 associates associated with his label YSL. [Young Slime Life/Young Stoner Life/Young Slatt Life],
According to the indictment obtained by WSBTV, those named include rapper Gunna — whose real name is Sergio Kitchen.
Gunna was convicted of a conspiracy to violate Rico.
Law enforcement said YSL, which began in Atlanta around 2012, is affiliated with the Bloods gang, the outlet reported. Young Thug is a founding member, police said.
Young Thug was arrested in September 2017 and later charged with eight felony counts, mostly drug-related—including intent to distribute meth, hydrocodone and marijuana, as well as possession of a firearm.
In 2018, he and his crew members were arrested at Dave and Buster’s after his 27th birthday celebration when the car he was traveling in collided with a police car. A subsequent search of the rapper’s vehicle revealed several firearms.
Young Thug won a Grammy in 2019 as a songwriter on Childish Gambino’s “This Is America”.