Casanova has reportedly turned himself in to police after being named in an indictment for his alleged involvement in the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang. According to the New York Daily News, the Brooklyn native surrendered himself at the Midtown South precinct of Manhattan on Wednesday night (December 2).
The 34-year-old rapper’s arrest comes after the FBI released a mugshot on Tuesday (December 1) asking for help in locating him. The indictment, which was unsealed in Manhattan federal court, states Casanova is facing racketeering conspiracy, firearm possession and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances. He could face up to life in prison if convicted of the racketeering charge.
Seventeen other suspects were included in the indictment and are already in custody.
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Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation is allegedly linked to shootings and robberies in Brooklyn and Westchester County. Suspect Brandon “Stacks” Soto has been accused of driving someone to murder a 15-year-old, who was fatally shot in the head in Poughkeepsie on September 21. In addition, two others are accused of using other people’s IDs to claim unemployment benefits related to COVID-19.
U.S. attorney Audrey Strauss said, “Members of Gorilla Stone committed terrible acts of violence, trafficked in narcotics, and even engaged in brazen fraud by exploiting benefits programs meant to provide assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
In a statement following the indictment, FBI assistant director William F. Sweeney Jr. thanked all those involved in uncovering the gang’s alleged crimes.
“The violence and drug activity committed by these gang members threatened the safety of our communities and placed innocent lives at risk,” he said. “But thanks to the partnership and hard work of all law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation, we were able to stop this violent criminal organization — and show that Gorilla Stone is actually not ‘untouchable.’”