Atlanta Police Chief Rodney Bryant stated on Tuesday that Young Thug is one of the city’s “top offenders,” just a day after the renowned rapper was detained for criminal street activity and conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
Following his indictment, the 30-year-old, whose legal name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, was detained on Monday during a raid on a Buckhead mansion. Williams walked into a frame for a video hearing from the Fulton County Jail on Tuesday. H
“You are here because you have been indicted…for conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and participation in criminal street gang activity,” the judge told Williams.
“It does not matter what your notoriety is, what your fame is, if you come to Fulton County, Georgia and you commit crimes and certainly if those crimes are in furtherance of a street gang, that you are going to become a target and a focus of this district attorney’s office and we are going to prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law,” Fulton County District Attorney Fani WIllis said during a press conference that same day.
Williams, according to WIllis, is one of three founder members of the “Young Slime Life” (YSL) enterprise, which is affiliated with the Blood street gang. The 88-page indictment, filed on Sunday, details 180 acts that support only the first of 56 different allegations against 28 gang members.
Williams and 27 other members of YSL, including fellow rappers Gunna and Yak Gotti, were charged by the DA. All were accused of racketeering, according to FOX 5.
Due to the indictment, the court told Williams during his hearing on Tuesday that bond could not be set for the 30-year-old rapper.