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Rapper YFN Lucci Charged in Gang-related RICO indictment

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Rapper YFN Lucci has been charged with a dozen other people in an indictment last week that targeted individuals who are allegedly members of the Bloods gang.

A grand jury in Fulton County, Ga., unveiled the 105-count indictment on Friday that includes racketeering, aggravated assault, murder, gun, armed robbery, property damage, theft and gang-related charges, according to The Associated Press.

The charging documents claim that the 12 defendants are associated with subgroups of the national Bloods gang, the AP reported.

Lucci, whose full name is Rayshawn Bennett, was charged with racketeering, violating the state’s anti-gang law, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, the AP reported.

“He’s not guilty of any crime that’s referenced in the previous charge and now in this indictment,” Bennett’s lawyer Drew Findling said in a phone interview.

The indictment says one of the Atlanta gang sub-groups of the Bloods, known by the initials YFN, was “centered around” Bennett.

“The YFN studio located on West Peachtree Street in Atlanta is a central point for the group and a notorious stronghold. YFN has continued to attract additional associates as Bennett gained notoriety,” the indictment says.

“He’s absolutely not a gang member, and this indictment — neglectfully or purposely — fails to say that Mr. Bennett is a nationally and internationally recognized musical artist,” Findling said.

Among Bennett’s biggest hits is the 2016 song “Key to the Streets” featuring the Atlanta rap group Migos.

The indictment also cites social media postings by Bennett and others, as well as song lyrics, alleging they are proof of gang involvement and other criminal activity.

“To sit and analyze somebody’s social media account and to try to somehow find some evidence of a crime is ridiculous when people are just really expressing themselves through social media,” Findling said.

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