Feds Hit Rapper 6ix9ine With RICO, Gun Charges

MANHATTAN (CN) – The flamboyant tattooed Brooklyn rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine will be presented to a federal judge Monday afternoon on criminal racketeering and firearms charges.

Daniel Hernandez, known as Tekashi 6ix9ine, performs during the Philipp Plein women’s 2019 Spring-Summer collection on Sept. 21, 2018, unveiled during the Fashion Week in Milan, Italy. Federal authorities say Hernandez is in custody and awaiting a Manhattan court appearance. The Brooklyn-based rapper is among four people arrested on racketeering and firearms charges. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

A 22-year-old whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez, 6ix9ine was arrested just a month after he was kept out of jail despite violating the terms of a plea agreement to a 2015 sex crime.

The sex crime occurred in February 2015 when Hernandez was 18 while the victim was 13. That October, after videos surfaced on social media of him sexually engaging with an underage girl, Hernandez pleaded guilty to the use of a child in a sexual performance.

Hernandez was not required to register as a sex offender but ordered to refrain from gang affiliation, as well as the posting or reposting online of sexually explicit or violent images of women or children.

Last month a New York judge ordered him to serve four years probation and 1,000 hours of community service for violating the terms of that deal. Hernadez, who has more than 14 million followers on social media, has openly admitted an affiliation with a gang called the 9 Trey Bloods, according to a prosecution memo in the sex-crime case.

The ubiquitous red bandanas in the video for his breakout single “Gummo” make for an unambiguous statement of a Bloods-gang style aesthetic, if not actual affiliation.

Hernandez was detained Sunday night, federal authorities confirmed this morning. Ahead of his afternoon presentment before a magistrate judge in Manhattan, officials have not released any details of the charges.

Two weeks earlier, drive-by gunshots were reportedly fired during a Beverley Hills, California, video shoot involving Kanye and 6ix9ine.

Media outlets reported that Hernandez was arrested along with three of former associates; last week the rapper announced on Instagram that he had fired his manager, booking agent and publicist, and canceled an entire upcoming U.S. tour.

Referencing the shooting and soured business deals in appearance on “The Breakfast Club” radio show over the weekend, Tekashi said he had learned the hard way that “every blood is not your blood.”

A track list for Tekashi69’s upcoming album “Dummy Boy” includes the opening track “Stoopid” with Bobby Shmurda, another Brooklyn rapper who was sentenced to seven years in prison in Manhattan Supreme Court on 2016 after accepting a plea: fourth-degree conspiracy to criminally possess a weapon and second-degree criminal weapons possession. The charges carry a seven-year concurrent sentence.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office declined to comment.

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