Whenever police confiscate a huge cache of guns, they put the firearms on display for the media to gawk at and photograph. But yesterday's display of rapper Bobby Shmurda's weapons arsenal was a little underwhelming as far as gun collections go.
The 21-year-old "Hot N*gga" rapper along with his entire crew were busted in a NYPD task force sting yesterday. The take down was part of a 2-year investigation into alleged illegal activities of the notorious G-Stone Crips (GS9) gang.
According to the NY Post's Page Six, Shmurda, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, was the "driving force", aka gang leader, of the GS9 gang that terrorized the streets of New York.
“Ackquille is the driving force behind the GS9 gang,” said Special Narcotics Prosecutor Nigel Farinha in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday. “He is also a violent enforcer of the gang’s activity. He’s a drug dealer, and a prolific one at that.”
Shmurda and his gang were arraigned on attempted murder, assault and drug dealing charges. Shmurda and another rapper, Chad Marshall, aka “Rowdy Rebel,” are being held on $2 million bond each. Both are signed to Epic Records. Not surprisingly, the label is standing behind the rappers and retained lawyers for their stars. Epic Records is a subsidiary of Sony Records.
From Page Six:
The East Flatbush-based gang used code in their conversations, like “socks” for firearms and “suntan” for shooting someone, authorities said.
The “Hot N-gga” rapper, whose 2014 single shot to No. 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, was caught on wiretaps confessing to his brother Javase Pollard, aka “Fame,” “You know I suntan him and shot, do issues, you know what’s going on.”
In another call, Shmurda told his pal that he was packing two guns. “I am two socks Bobby right now,” he bragged.
The alleged gang leader’s lawyer, Howard Greenberg, defended his client’s conversations. “These guys … have a constitutional right to talk stupid on the phone,” he said.
Even Shmurda’s own brother, Javase Pollard, wasn’t immune to his violent rage, court papers show.
When the siblings got into a fight, the hit rapper whipped out a gun and shot at him — “shattering the glass in the barbershop,” court papers state.
Greenberg, who represents Shmurda and his brother, claimed his clients were being targeted because of a bias against rap.
“The government hates rap and by extension hates rappers. If his name was Joe Blow, they would have given him a DAT or cut him loose from the precinct,” he said.
“My guy has the world in the palm of his hands. He needs to commit crimes like I need to fly the space shuttle.”
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