New York rapper Casanova is among the 18 members of the “Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation” Gang being charged with racketeering, murder, narcotics, firearms and fraud offenses.
The acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced the unsealing of a 16-count indictment charging the 18 members with various crimes.
All but one of the 18 charged are currently in custody. The FBI of New York shared that Casanova is now a wanted fugitive, putting out a plea to the public to help with information about his whereabouts.
“As alleged in the Indictment, 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,” U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss. “Because of that, communities across the Southern District – from Poughkeepsie to Peekskill to New York City – suffered. Most shocking, as alleged in the indictment, a minor was murdered in furtherance of the gang’s activities. Because of the extraordinary work of our law enforcement partners, the defendants now face federal charges for their crimes.”
FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said: “Their unabashed criminal behavior, as alleged, included the murder of a 15 year-old and even extended to defrauding programs meant for people suffering economic hardship due to the pandemic…we were able to stop this violent criminal organization – and show that Gorilla Stone is actually not ‘untouchable.’”
DOCCS Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annuci said: “DOCCS has zero tolerance for any criminal activity involving incarcerated individuals in its custody and within our facilities. These arrests highlight the successful investigation that the Department fully assisted with in the pursuit of justice.”
Casanova is facing a possible maximum sentence of life in prison with a mandatory minimum of 10 years if convicted.
We’ll keep you posted on any updates in this case.
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