Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, was being held Thursday on $2 million bail, after pleading not guilty Thursday to conspiracy, narcotics and weapons charges.
Pollard and eight members from his GS9 (G Stone Crips) crew were arrested Wednesday morning at Midtown Manhattan’s Quad Studios, the same studio where rapper Tupac Shakur was shot in 1994. Five other GS9 members were arrested elsewhere in the City and another two were apprehended outside of New York State. Cops seized a total of 21 weapons.
Cops conducted a 22-month investigation leading up to Wednesday’s arrests.
The Manhattan DA’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor found that the group, which operated on East 95th Street from Kings Highway to East New York Avenue in East Flatbush, engaged in violent disputes, non-fatal shootings and the murder of a rival gang member.
The DA’s office also charged twelve GS9 members with narcotics trafficking between New York City and Miami, Florida.
“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,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said in a statement.
Pollard, 20, is signed to Epic Records and rose to fame with his “Hot Boy” single, which topped Billboard’s Rap and R&B charts in November. He also recently released his debut EP, titled Shmurda She Wrote.
Pollard is being held on $2 million bail and is scheduled to be arraigned on January 29.