Young Thug has scored a victory in the ongoing RICO case against his Young Slime Life (YSL) collective regarding evidence that was collected during a raid on his home in 2015.
According to FOX5, Fulton County Judge Ural Glanville sided with Thugger at a court hearing on Thursday (December 15) when he ruled that the evidence seized during the raid can’t be used against him in the upcoming trial.
The defense argued the search was illegal and expressed concerns about the validity of the warrants or if any actually existed. Thug’s attorneys requested that all of the property that was seized be returned to Thug, which includes “a cell phone, computer, and a small amount of marijuana.”
The prosecution intended to use evidence found in the cell phone against the YSL rapper in next month’s trial, but that won’t be the case anymore.
Thugger was hit with additional charges earlier this week outside of his RICO case. He received misdemeanor charges for street racing, reckless driving and speeding after allegedly driving a vehicle at 120mph on Interstate 85 in May.
Thug’s attorney, Brian Steel, has claimed the rapper is innocent of all of the charges he’s facing and is being wronged by the system.
“As of two weeks ago, that case was being resolved with a seatbelt violation,” he said in a statement. “Today, now its indicted in the Fulton County Superior Court. He is being wronged by our system.”
Young Thug was arrested along with Gunna and 26 others on racketeering charges related to YSL, which prosecutors allege is a criminal street gang affiliated with the Bloods.
As for Gunna, he was released from jail on Wednesday (December 14) after striking a plea deal with the prosecution.
The DS4Ever rapper pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge and was sentenced to five years with one served in prison. The four-year sentence left will reportedly be “suspended” and Gunna will serve the rest in the form of 500 hours of community service.
In a statement following his release, Gunna revealed he entered an Alford plea — where a defendant enters a formal admission of guilt while maintaining their innocence — and insisted he did not snitch on his co-defendants.
“While I have agreed to always be truthful, I want to make it perfectly clear that I have NOT made any statements, have NOT been interviewed, have NOT cooperated, have NOT agreed to testify or be a witness for or against any party in the case and have absolutely NO intention of being involved in the trial process in any way,” he wrote.
“My focus of YSL was entertainment — rap artists who wrote and performed music that exaggerated and ‘glorified’ urban life in the Black community,” he added. “I love and cherish my association with YSL music, and always will.”