Prosecutors in Atlanta have indicted rapper Young Thug, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams including 27 other associates.
He was arrested on Monday at his home in Buckhead, an upscale neighborhood north of downtown Atlanta.
Young Thug is alleged to have co-founded a violent street gang that committed multiple murders, shootings and carjackings in 2012.
He was being held at the Fulton county jail on charges of conspiracy to violate Georgia’s Rico Act and participation in a criminal street gang.
He and two others founded Young Slime Life, a violent criminal street gang that’s commonly known as YSL and is affiliated with the national Bloods gang.
The gang is said to have promoted its activities in it’s songs and on various social media platforms.
The 88-page indictment filed in Georgia’s Fulton county quotes multiple music videos as evidence and accuses alleged gang members of targeting other high-profile rap artists.
Fulton county district attorney, Fani Willis, announced the charges at a news conference.
She said “It does not matter what your notoriety is, what your fame is, if you come to Fulton County, Georgia, and you commit crimes … 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,”
Willis said she plans to seek the maximum possible penalties for the people charged in the indictment. For at least some of them, that could mean life in prison