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Young Thug among 28 people indicted on gang-related charges in Atlanta

Young Thug and some alleged members of his Young Slime (YSL) Life syndicate were arrested early Monday afternoon on a sweeping gang indictment that named at least 28 people.

Thug, whose real name is Jeffery Williams, is accused of conspiring to associate together and with others for the common purposes of illegally obtaining money and property through a pattern of racketeering activity and conducting and participating in the enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activity.

Williams and more than two dozen other alleged YSL members were indicted, including Sergio Kitchens aka Gunna. So far, at least three of those named in the indictment have been taken into custody, including Young Thug.

Fulton County District District Attorney Fani Willis said in a news conference Tuesday that Young Thug and the alleged members of YSL operated as a criminal street gang and “commenced to do havoc in our community,” since 2012.

“They are committing conservatively 75% to 80% of all the violent crime in our community,” Willis said. “It doesn’t matter your notoriety or fame, if you come to Fulton County, Georgia, and you commit crimes, you are going to be a target and a focus of this District Attorney’s office.”

Willis said some of the people being indicted could face life in prison.

The indictment also said Williams and YSL member engaged in the activities such as:

  • Preserving, protecting and enhancing the reputation, power and territory of the enterprise through acts of racketeering activity including murder, assault and threats of violence;
  • Preserving, protecting and enhancing the reputation, power and territory of the enterprise by the posting of messages, images, videos and songs, demonstrating allegiance to the enterprise and a willingness to engage in violence on its behalf;
  • Maintaining armed individuals ready and willing to preserve, protect and enhance the reputation, power and territory of the enterprise through the use of violence;
  • Obtaining money, weapons and other property through acts of racketeering activity, including robbery, theft and the unlawful sale and distribution of drugs;
  • Obstructing law enforcement investigations and court proceedings through witness intimidation and attacks upon law enforcement officers.

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