Rapper Young Thug Arrested on Gang-Related Charges in Atlanta

Rapper Young Thug (Credit: Shutterstock)

Young Thug is in trouble with the law, again.

The Atlanta rapper, real name Jeffery Lamar Williams, was arrested Monday, May 9 in Fulton County, Georgia on gang-related charges.

Williams is one of 28 people named in the 88-page indictment filed in Fulton County Superior Court, according to Fox 5 Atlanta. The allegations are centered around a group called YSL, also known as “Young Slime Life,” which prosecutors have alleged is a violent street gang in Atlanta.

Atlanta rapper Gunna, real name is Sergio Kitchens, was also charged in the indictment along with aspiring rapper Christian Eppinger.

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Williams, 30, was taken into custody at his home in Atlanta’s upscale Buckhead neighborhood.

The rapper is charged with two counts — conspiracy to violate the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), and participation in criminal street gang activity.

Prosecutors said he and two others founded Young Slime Life in 2012, and the gang is affiliated with the Bloods.

The hip-hop star’s lawyer Brian Steel, released a statement to local media outlets saying: “Mr. Williams committed no crime whatsoever.” Young Thug was scheduled to make his first court appearance on Tuesday afternoon.

This is not the rapper’s first run in with the law. He’s had a string of legal troubles over the years.

Young Thug topped the charts with the 2020 hit “Go Crazy” with Chris Brown.