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Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine arrested on federal racketeering charge

When rap star Tekashi 6ix9ine was arrested early this year in Houston's Galleria mall, he was booked under his real name: Daniel Hernandez on a charge of misdemeanor assault. The Brooklyn rapper had reportedly demanded that a teenager erase a video from his phone and then allegedly choked the 16-year-old.

While that charge is serious, Hernandez is in deeper trouble after his arrest this past weekend on federal charges of racketeering and firearms.

Hernandez and his former manager, as well as four associates were all taken into federal custody on similar charges. The eight-count indictment says that the men "participated in the operation and management of" the gang known as the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.

According to federal prosecutors, gang members have committed murder, robbery and assault, and also trafficked illegal drugs. A news article states that Hernandez faces a possible sentence of life in federal prison if convicted on all charges.

A judge has denied the rapper bail, saying even if Hernandez is restricted to house arrest, he "would still be able to direct acts of violence by telephone."

Hernandez is accused of robbing two gang rivals at gunpoint in early April. The indictment also refers to participation in a Brooklyn shooting incident this past July in which he and associates allegedly agreed to shoot a person who had apparently disrespected members of the Nine Trey gang. "As a result of this agreement an innocent bystander was shot," prosecutors said in a court filing.

As always, it is important to remember that news sources invariably rely on the versions of events given to them by law enforcement officials. The other side of the story is often ignored by the press until a defendant tells it in court with the help of his criminal defense attorney.

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