– Young Thug and Gunna have both suffered their first loss in court after being arrested as part of a sweeping RICO indictment against their Young Stoner Life (YSL) collective, which prosectors have accused of being a “criminal street gang” behind a string of armed robberies, drug deals and violent attacks, including murder.
Thug (real name Jeffrey Williams) appeared in front of Judge Robert Wolf via video from Fulton County Jail on Wednesday (May 11) for a bond hearing relating to his fresh wave of felonies separate to the RICO case.
Law enforcement officers discovered drugs and guns while executing a search warrant on the rapper’s home earlier this week, resulting in seven new charges — ranging from possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute to possession of firearm during commission of a felony.
These are in addition to Thug’s two charges in the YSL indictment, including conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act and one count of participation in criminal street gang activity.
After hearing arguments from both the prosecution and Young Thug’s attorney, Brian Steel, Judge Wolf declined Thug’s bond request after declaring him a flight risk and agreeing with concerns about him committing further felonies. Judge Wolf also said he didn’t want to complicate matters in the bond hearing for Young Thug’s RICO charges, which will be presented in front of another judge at a later date.
Assistant District Attorney Damian Smith had argued the Punk rapper posed “a clear risk of hindering the administration of justice given that we have not apprehended everyone on the larger indictment,” while pointing to the “large quantity of drugs and several firearms” seized at his home.