BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK - The New York Field Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the New York Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Commissioner of the New York City Police Department unsealed an Indictment charging six members, including Tekashi 6ix9ine, born Daniel Hernandez, and associates of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, also known as “Nine Trey,” with racketeering conspiracy and firearms offenses. They were presented and arraigned before U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry B. Pitman earlier this week. The case is assigned to U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer. His next court appearance is scheduled for September 2019.
“As alleged in the indictment, this gang, which included platinum-selling rap artist Tekashi 6ix 9ine, wreaked havoc on New York City, engaging in brazen acts of violence. 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. Thanks to the extraordinary work of HSI, ATF, and the NYPD, the defendants will now face justice in federal court," said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman.
“Members of Nine Trey, who wielded firearms and pushed highly addictive drugs onto New York City streets, allegedly showed an unprecedented level of violence this year, and for that they are now facing multiple charges, including an incident in which an innocent bystander was shot. This criminal enterprise has no business in our city, and we will continue to work with our partners to ensure that Nine Trey crew members, including the more well-known ‘Tekashi 6ix 9ine,’ are in a place where they cannot inflict further violence on our communities," said HSI Special Agent in Charge Angel M. Melendez.
“ATF stands firmly at the frontline in the fight against violent crime. The individuals charged today with racketeering conspiracy and firearms offenses are members and associates of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, also known as ‘Nine Trey.’ The members and associates of this street gang engaged in violent robberies, assaults, and shootings. The ATF/ NYPD Joint Firearms Task Force, with members from HSI, Federal Probation, NYS Parole and NYC Department of Correction, work tirelessly alongside their other law enforcement partners to rid the streets of individuals that spread violence and endanger their fellow citizens. I would like to thank the United States Attorney’s Office for their work in prosecuting in the case," said ATF Special Agent in Charge Ashan M. Benedict.
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