Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has been placed in general population at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center.
The prison is known for being filled with ‘extremely dangerous, violent, or escape-prone’ inmates, according to the US Justice Department.
6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was indicted on racketeering and firearm charges in Manhattan federal court on Monday.
Federal prosecutors alleged the 22-year-old rapper was involved in the violent New York City-based gang Nine Trey, a ‘violent sect of the Bloods’, for several years.
Lance Lazarro, the rapper’s lawyer, told TMZ that 6ix9ine was placed in general population instead of a segregated part of the prison due to his celebrity status.
Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has been placed in the ‘extremely dangerous’ general population at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center
6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was indicted on racketeering and firearm charges in Manhattan federal court on Monday. He is pictured in court in October
Prosecutor Michael Longyear acknowledged on Monday that 6ix9ine was a target and that members of his crew ‘wanted to super violate him’ – meaning inflict harm or shoot him.
Longyear said 6ix9ine, who was denied bail on Monday, was taken in after prosecutors discovered he was planning a trip to a Connecticut casino.
They feared that a hit could be placed on the rapper and put innocent lives at risk.
6ix9ine’s bail hearing was scheduled for Tuesday but has been pushed to Wednesday because the judge was unavailable.
The Brooklyn-based rapper was arrested on Sunday and arraigned on Monday alongside five other men affiliated with Nine Trey.
Federal prosecutors alleged the 22-year-old rapper was involved in the violent New York City -based gang Nine Trey, a ‘violent sect of the Bloods’, for several years
This April 3, 2018 still image from a surveillance video was released by federal prosecutors to document alleged involvement by the rapper in several violent incidents
This April 21, 2018 still image from a surveillance video shows a shooting at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which prosecutors claim the rapper and Nine Trey were involved in
Hs ex-manager Kifano Jordan, aka Shotti, was charged.
Faheem Walter, aka Crippy, Jamel Jones, aka Mel Murda, Jensel Butler, aka Ish, and Fuguan Lovick, aka Fu Banga, were also indicted.
According to the press release, Nine Trey is a ‘criminal enterprise involved in committing numerous acts of violence, including shootings, robberies, and assaults in and around Manhattan and Brooklyn’.
‘Members and associates of Nine Trey engaged in violence to retaliate against rival gangs, to promote the standing and reputation of Nine Trey, and to protect the gang’s narcotics business,’ the press release continues.
The group ‘enriched themselves by committing robberies and selling drugs, such as heroin, fentanyl, furanly fentanyl, MDMA, dibutylone, and marijuana.’
Nine Trey was established in the early 90s at Rikers and operates in other areas of the country, including California.
6ix9ine’s former manager Kifano Jordan (pictured November 7 in Manhattan court) has also been charged in the gang-related crimes
6ix9ine is currently facing 25 years to life in prison on six counts of the gang-related crimes.
US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said the gang has been involved in multiple acts of violence and has wreaked havoc on New York City.
‘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,’ Berman said.
‘Thanks to the extraordinary work of HSI, ATF, and the NYPD, the defendants will now face justice in federal court.’
6ix9ine was arrested by ATF agents in New York on Sunday night after a joint investigation was done by the ATF, NYPD, and Homeland Security.
The rapper, whose debut album Day69 is among the most downloaded on iTunes, has been among the most ascendant and controversial names in hip-hop in recent months.
6ix9ine was denied bail on Monday. He now faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted
In 2015 6ix9ine pleaded guilty to one felony count of using a child in a sexual performance.
Authorities said the rapper had sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl when he was 18 and distributed videos of the incident online.
6ix9ine recently pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in Brooklyn Criminal Court in connection with a May traffic stop.
Last week the rapper revealed in an Instagram clip that he had dismissed his entire staff, including his manager and booker.
‘I fired everybody on my team,’ the Gummo artist said in the clip, imploring his fans that he was not going to be performing live in the near future, even in cases where he might be advertised.
‘I don’t got no manager, I got no booking agent, no PR, no publicist, I don’t got nobody on my team – it’s just me.’
The rapper is seen as he arrived for an arraignment in an assault case in Houston, Texas, over the summer