Bobby Shmurda arrested with fellow GS9 members

Jan 16 2015

The rap artist Bobby Shmurda was arrested on Wednesday near Times Square as part of an investigation into street violence, shootings and drug trafficking in Brooklyn, the authorities said on Wednesday.

Investigators arrested Mr. Shmurda, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, as he sat in a car outside Quad Recording Studios, at 723 Seventh Avenue, near 48th Street, where the rapper Tupac Shakur was robbed and shot in 1994 as he walked through the lobby.

More than a dozen people have been arrested. Details of the investigation, and charges, were expected to be unsealed on Thursday in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, said Kati Cornell, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for New York City.

The agency, along with the New York Police Department’s newly created Brooklyn South Violence Reduction Task Force, carried out a long-term investigation that “centered on shooting and narcotics trafficking,” Ms. Cornell said.

Officials said that multiple shootings had been linked to the inquiry and that several guns were recovered as the arrests of 13 people were carried out on Wednesday in the city. Two others are being extradited from out of state and other suspects are still being sought, officials said.

Officials said they could not offer more specific details about the case, or the charges against the individual defendants, until Thursday.

Last month, Mr. Shmurda’s song “Hot Boy” reached No. 8 in the country, according to Billboard. Earlier this year, someone distilled a little-watched video of the song into a six-second Vine Video, which became popular online. Fans moved to the beat in a so-called Schmoney Dance.

But over the same period, Mr. Shmurda, 20, was becoming increasingly entangled with law enforcement. He was arrested in June in Brooklyn, and indicted on a charge of possessing a loaded 9-millimeter Glock handgun, according to court papers. In October, officers in Brooklyn arrested him again on marijuana possession charges, the papers said.


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