Daniel Hernandez, the Brooklyn rapper known as Tekashi 6ix9ine, was arrested in New York City on federal crime charges last night (November 18), TMZ reports and Rapseedtv has confirmed with the U.S. Attorney’s office.
According to a 17-page federal indictment, obtained by TMZ, Tekashi and his Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods were charged with six counts, including discharging a firearm while committing a crime, which carries a possible life sentence and a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison.
His ex-manager, Kifano “Shotti” Jordan, is facing the same six counts. On April 3, Tekashi, Jordan, Butler, and Walter robbed gang rivals at gunpoint, according to the indictment charges. A shooting occurred April 21 inside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and Tekashi’s associate Fuguan “Fu Banga” Lovick is named as the shooter.
The investigation that led to 6ix9ine’s arrest was conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s office with the NYPD, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Homeland Security Investigations.
“As alleged in the indictment, this gang, which included platinum-selling rap artist Tekashi 6ix9ine, wreaked havoc on New York City, engaging in brazen acts of violence,” U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in a statement. “Showing reckless indifference to others’ safety, members of the gang were allegedly involved in robberies and shootings, including a shooting inside the crowded Barclay’s Center, and a shooting in which an innocent bystander was hit.”
Tekashi appeared in court on Monday (Nov. 19) with his hands and feet shackled. His family, including his mother, were present during the arraignment. He was denied bail and will remain in custody pending trial.