Rapper Young Thug arrested on gang-related charges

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  • Young Thug was arrested and charged with participation in criminal street gang activity.
  • The rapper is one of 28 people named in a 56-count indictment pertaining to a street gang formed in Atlanta in 2012.
  • His first appearance hearing was scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

Young Thug has had another run-in with the law.

According to court documents obtained by E! News, the rapper – born Jeffery Lamar Williams – was arrested in Georgia on Monday and is being charged with participation in criminal street gang activity and conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations (RICO) Act.

Young Thug is one of 28 people named in a 56-count indictment.

The rapper's lawyer, Brian Steel, responded to the charges, saying, "Mr Williams has committed no violation of law whatsoever. We will fight this case ethically, legally, and zealously. Mr Williams will be cleared."

His first appearance hearing was scheduled to take place on Tuesday.

According to The Guardian, rapper Gunna and aspiring rapper Christian Eppinger – who is accused of shooting an Atlanta police officer six times in February – are also named in the indictment, which centres around a group called YSL known as "Young Slime Life".

Per the documents, Young Thug is alleged to be one of three founding members of the gang that has allegedly committed multiple murders, shootings and carjackings over roughly a decade and promoted its activities in songs and on social media.

This is not the first time Young Thug has had legal troubles.

The rapper, who co-wrote This is America with Childish Gambino, was charged with felony cocaine possession, felony marijuana possession, and three counts of felony gun possession in 2015 after police raided his home.

All charges against him were dropped after a judge ruled that police conducted the search without a warrant.

Two years later, Young Thug was charged with battery after he allegedly got into an altercation with a woman outside of a club in Atlanta. The charges were later dropped due to a lack of evidence.

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