[Allegedly] About a Week Ago: The Case Against Bobby Shmurda and GS9
"Hot N*gga" foreshadowed the charges brought against Bobby and his crew.
UPDATE: Read our exclusive interview with Bobby Shmurda’s lawyer Kenneth Montgomery for the latest information on the case.
This past Wednesday, December 17, Bobby Shmurda was arrested in connection with a long-term investigation into multiple shootings and narcotics trafficking in Brooklyn. Born Ackquille Pollard, the 20-year-old rapper was apprehended early in the morning outside of Quad Studios in Manhattan while waiting in a car.
Mass Appeal reached out to Kati Cornell, Director of Public Information at the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, to find out what information was available to the public. Ms. Cornell responded via email with a the following information:
Manhattan Supreme Court Arraignments on GS9 Indictment
The 13 individuals listed below were arrested in New York City yesterday as a result of a long-term investigation into GS9 gang activity, including multiple shootings and narcotics trafficking, and are scheduled to be arraigned on an indictment this morning. The investigation was spearheaded by the NYPD’s Brooklyn South Violence Reduction Task Force and the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Gang Unit, with assistance from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.
Ackquille Pollard, aka “Bobby Shmurda” Chad Marshall, aka “Rowdy Rebel” Santino Boderick, aka “Cueno” Rashid Derissant, aka “Rasha”, aka “Jordan 23” Alex Crandon, aka “A-Rod” Brian Harvey, aka “Meeshie” Nicolas McCoy, aka “Montana Flea,” aka “Monty” Javase Pollard, aka “Fame” Deshain Cockett, aka “D-Boy”, aka “Larry Bird,” aka “Mitch” Remy Marshall, aka “Fetti” Devon Rodney, aka “Slice” Delroy Edwards, aka “D-Rose” Clevon Pearson, aka “Dread”
Ms. Cornell also informed us that Police Commissioner William J. Bratton and Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan would address the charges at a press conference today, Thursday, December 18, at 3:30 p.m. (You can read the official press release from the conference at the bottom of this article.)
Initial reports by various publications stated that a total of 15 people were arrested, including Sha Money XL, the EVP of Urban A&R at Epic Records. We were not able to confirm with Ms. Cornell whether or not the 13 individuals listed above were the only ones arrested. However, Sha Money XL released a statement refuting claims that he was arrested:
I was not arrested. They held me until they searched the studio then let me go. I signed these kids to give them a better way in life not to be dragged down by the media and gunned down by the 40 cops that raided the studio and pointed guns at me for working my job. You have no idea how this makes me feel or look when I’m one of the only few black men signing black artist from the streets and giving them a chance to do better in life.
According to Hot 97, “$52,000 worth of crack (262 grams of crack), a pound of marijuana, $40K in cash, 3 hand guns, and a 1 AR-15 Riffle” were found during the arrest.
Photo by Dean Meminger
Here are some excerpts from the official press release about the indictment, provided by the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York:
BRIDGET G. BRENNAN, New York City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor, New York City Police Commissioner WILLIAM J. BRATTON and Brooklyn District Attorney KENNETH P. THOMPSON announced today the arrest and indictment of 15 members of “GS9”, also known as “G Stone Crips,” a street gang based in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. As charged in the indictment, members of GS9 engaged in violent disputes with rival gangs, committed murder and carried out numerous non-fatal shootings. GS9 members are also charged in multiple instances of gunfire in public locations in which no one was shot in both New York City and Miami, Fla. Twelve indicted defendants are charged with narcotics trafficking and using the proceeds to further the criminal activities of the gang.
The 69-count indictment contains charges of Conspiracy and substantive charges of Murder, Attempted Murder, Assault, Attempted Assault, Weapons Possession, Criminal Use of a Firearm, Reckless Endangerment, Narcotics Sales and Criminally Using Drug Paraphernalia.
Police seized 21 guns during the course of the long-term investigation, which was conducted by New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Brooklyn South Violence Reduction Task Force and the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Narcotics Gang Unit, with assistance from the Kings County District Attorney’s Office. Other evidence includes surveillance video, inmates’ recorded phone conversations, DNA and ballistics test results, seized narcotics and drug paraphernalia, and eyewitness accounts.
Early yesterday morning, NYPD officers arrested eight defendants in the vicinity of Quad Recording Studios, located at 723 7th Avenue in Manhattan. Police seized 10 firearms during these arrests. Five additional defendants were arrested simultaneously elsewhere in the city, while two defendants are in custody outside of New York State.
During the operation at the recording studio, police recovered three guns from inside a bag in a stairwell. The bag also contained clothing branded with a logo related to GS9 rap performances and a motel receipt in MARSHALL’s name. MARSHALL and another indicted defendant, SANTINO BODERICK, aka “Cueno”, were arrested in the vicinity of this same stairwell after the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit froze the location.
POLLARD and defendant NICOLAS MCCOY, aka “Montana Flea” aka “Monty,” were stopped in a vehicle soon after leaving the recording studio. Police recovered two firearms and a small quantity of crack-cocaine from the car. One gun was wedged between POLLARD and MCCOY, who were in the backseat of the car. The second gun was inside a duffle bag lying across the laps of POLLARD and a female passenger seated next to him.
Special Narcotics Prosecutor BRIDGET G. BRENNAN said, “The defendants are charged with narcotics dealing and an escalating pattern of violence spreading from their home community of Brooklyn to South Beach, Florida. Painstaking investigative work linked the defendants and their guns to a wave of senseless shooting. We hope these arrests provide the community with a sense of relief.”
Police Commissioner WILLIAM J. BRATTON said, “These violent individuals will now be held accountable for their decision to participate in a gang which has brought a disturbing level of violence to the streets of Brooklyn and beyond our city’s borders. The NYPD, along with our counterparts in law enforcement, remain dedicated to the residents of Brooklyn who deserve to live in a community free of gangs and gang violence.”
Brooklyn District Attorney KENNETH P. THOMPSON said, “These defendants did not hesitate to turn the streets of Brooklyn into a shooting gallery, leaving death and destruction in their wake. They wreaked havoc to protect their drug dealing, even shooting into crowds causing hundreds of innocent people to scramble to safety. Now they will be held accountable for their senseless acts of violence and illicit drug activity. I am committed to working with the New York City Police Department and the Special Narcotics Prosecutor to protect the law-abiding residents of Brooklyn.”
The NYPD’s investigation into GS9 took place from January 2013 to October 2014, with the most serious incident in the indictment involving the alleged murder of a Brooklyn’s Most Wanted (BMW) gang member on February 8, 2013.
There’s no telling what part Bobby Shmurda’s meteoric rise to fame from the success of “Hot N*gga” plays in the investigation. Regardless, comparing the song’s lyrics with the list of those arrested reveals that the 20-year-old emcee may have implicated his own crew members. (The names in the lyrics that match the nicknames of those arrested are in bold; brackets have been placed around the nicknames that are spelled differently from the arrest list.)
“Hot Nigga” lyrics:
And Chewy, I'm some hot nigga Like I talk to Shyste when I shot niggas Like you seen him twirl then he drop, nigga And we keep them nine millis on my block, nigga And [Monte] keep it on him, he done dropped niggas And Trigger he be wilding, he some hot nigga Tones known to get busy with them Glocks, nigga Try to run down and you can catch a shot, nigga Running through these checks 'til I pass out And shorty give me neck 'til I pass out I swear to God, all I do is cash out And if you ain't a ho, get up out my trap house I been selling crack since like the fifth grade Really never made no difference what the shit made Jaja taught me flip them packs and how to maintain Get that money back and spend it on the same thing Shawty like the way that I ball out I be getting money 'til I fall out You talking cash, dog, I goes all out Shorty love the way that I floss out Free Greezy though, let all of my dogs out Momma said no pussy cats inside my doghouse That's what got my daddy locked up in the dog pound Free Phantom though, let all of my dogs out We gon' pull up in that hooptie like we cops on 'em With M16s, we gon' put some shots on him I send a little thot to send the drop on him She gon' call me up and I'm a sick the hots on him Grimey savage, that's what we are Grimey shooters dressed in G-Star GS9, I go so hard But GS for my gun squad And bitch if it's a problem we gon' gun brawl Shots popping out the AR I'm with Trigger, I'm with Rasha, I'm with [A-Raw] Broad daylight and we gon' let them things bark Tell them niggas free Meeshie, ho Some way, free Breezy, ho And tell my niggas, Shmurda teaming, ho Mitch caught a body 'bout a week ago, week ago Fuck with us and then we tweaking, ho Run up on that nigga, get to squeezing, ho Everybody catching bullet holes Niggas got me on my bully, yo I'm a run up, put that gun on 'em I'm a run up, go dumb on 'em Niggas got me on that young shit Got me on that go dumb shit
Should Bobby plead not guilty to the numerous charges, it’s unlikely that these lyrics will play a part in the trial, especially considering this recent case in New Jersey. However, this writer still can’t help but wonder whether or not the song itself played a part in providing investigators with some of the information they used to make the arrests.
Let’s imagine that one of the crew members named in “Hot Nigga” gets charged with committing a crime Bobby outlines in the song. Does the relationship between Bobby’s lyrics to actual events then make the lyrics admissible in a court of law?
Well, here are the official charges brought against the members mentioned in the song; notice how they parallel Bobby’s lyrics.
Here’s the most important part of the press release: “The charges and allegations are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.”
We’ll keep you updated as we receive more information about the investigation. In the meantime, you can click the links below to read the official documents from the case, made available by Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York.