Young Thug is facing a number of new charges in the ongoing Young Stoner Life Records RICO case, including one related to a machine gun.
As WSB-TV2 Atlanta reports, the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office brought a new indictment against the rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams. According to the office, the charges are against Thug and four other defendants in connection with arrests made on March 17 and May 9. Many of them stem from evidence authorities recovered during a search of Thug’s home in Georgia upon his arrest in May as part of a 56-count indictment against him, Gunna, and 26 other YSL members.
The new charges Thug faces, as confirmed by Complex, include two criminal street gang activity-related charges, three charges of violation of the Georgia controlled substances act, possession of firearm during commission of a felony, and possession of a machine gun. Two other defendants were also named in the machine gun count, Martinez Arnold and Deamonte ‘Yak Gotti’ Kendrick. Defense attorney Ashleigh Merchant, who represents Arnold, said she does not expect her client to be convicted of the RICO-related charges and he will plead not guilty to the new ones.
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said the new indictment will impact all 28 defendants from the original indictment. “YSL is an acronym for ‘Young Slime Life,’” said Willis, who has alleged that Thug’s YSL record label is actually a criminal organization. “It is a hybrid gang that operates here in Atlanta and it’s an affiliate of the Bloods gang.”
Thug was denied bond in June following an hours-long hearing. The case is expected to go to trial on January 9, 2023. One of the alleged co-founders of the YSL collective, who previously turned himself in, was also denied bond in June.