Rapper Bobby Shmurda was arrested Wednesday along with several other people in an NYPD investigation on a series of gang-related shootings and drug trafficking, according to media reports. Shmurda’s indictment in the case will be made public when the arraignment takes place in Manhattan Supreme Court on Thursday, The Associated Press (AP) reported.
Shmurda, who was born Ackquille Pollard in Brooklyn, was taken into custody after leaving a recording studio near Radio City Music Hall in midtown Manhattan. The 20-year-old rapper will face gun and drug-trafficking charges, AP reported. Police seized a total of 16 handguns during the raid in the recording studio, media reports said, citing authorities.
“These arrests were the result of a long-term investigation,” Kati Cornell, communications director for New York City's special narcotics prosecutor, told Wondering Sound, a music news website, over the phone. “My office has a sealed indictment against a number of individuals.
“The investigation did involve a number of violent incidents as well as narcotics trafficking,” Cornell reportedly said.
Twelve other people, including Chad Marshall, an aspiring hip-hop artist known by the stage name “Rowdy Rebel,” were also arrested as part of the investigation, police reportedly said. However, details of the charges were not immediately revealed.
Shmurda has had several run-ins with law enforcement officials this year. He was reportedly arrested for possession of an illegal firearm in June, and later in October for possession of marijuana.