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Yesterday, news broke that Bobby Shmurda and other members of his GS9 were arrested in New York City as part of a long-term narcotics investigation conducted by the NYPD and a Brooklyn task force. Shmurda, whose government name is Ackquille Pollard, rose to fame this past summer when his single, "Hot N***a," went viral, largely due to a single Vine video, and soon brought him almost instant stardom. As the single continued to gain popularity, Pollard signed a deal with Sha Money XL and Epic Records, which led him to release his first project with the label in November.
Pollard was arrested earlier this week on conspiracy, reckless endangerment and gun possession, and he is now facing the following charges: conspiracy in the second degree, three counts of conspiracy in the third degree, reckless endangerment in the second degree, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, and one count of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia (Description in court as intent to sell and possession of narcotics). He faces 8 1/3 to 25 years if convicted on conspiracy charges, and a maximum of 15 years on each weapons charge (Pollard was found in possession of three weapons on two separate occasions). His bail was set earlier today at a New York City court at $2 million; his attorney Howard Greenberg told Complex earlier today that Epic Records is securing his bail on insurance money.
Following the arrest yesterday, the NYPD released the photo below, which shows and identifies each member of the GS9 crew, with Bobby and Rowdy Rebel being the third and fourth images on the top row.
We will continue to update this story with more details when they become available.
UPDATE: Epic Records executive Sha Money XL has released a statement saying that he was not arrestedand giving a few details about what happened during the arrest:
“I was not arrested. They held me until they searched the studio then let me go. I signed these kids to give them a better way in life not to be dragged down by the media and gunned down by the 40 cops that raided the studio and pointed guns at me for working my job. You have no idea how this makes me feel or look when I’m one of the only few black men signing black artist from the streets and giving them a chance to do better in life.”