Rapper Bobby Shmurda, best known for his hit song “Hot Boy,” will face gun and drug trafficking charges in court. According to the Associated Press, Shmurda, whose real name is Ackquille Pollard, was taken into custody on Wednesday in connection with an investigation of gang-related shootings and drug trafficking in New York City.
Pollard was arrested just after leaving a recording studio in Manhattan where the police reportedly found hand guns. Chad Marshal, a fellow hip-hop artist known as Rowdy Rebel, was also arrested.
Pollard’s criminal history reportedly includes two previous arrests for gun and drug possession.
His attorney, Howard Greenberg, told AP that his client was innocent and had been falsely accused.
UPDATE: Pollard appeared before a judge on Thursday, where The Wall Street Journal reports that he was described as “the driving force behind a drug-dealing operation and deadly gunfights.” Pollard’s arrest came at the same time as 14 others, all of whom are allegedly part of a street gang known as GS9, which operates out of Brooklyn. Prosecutors claimed the gang sold drugs—mostly crack cocaine—and then used the money from the sales to buy guns used in 24 shootings, three of which were homicides.
On Thursday, Pollard’s bail was set at $2 million. As of noon on Friday, Pollard had not yet posted bail.
Greenberg told EW, “The indictment is a bunch of bullshit,” before citing its specific weaknesses, such as how counts 5 through 22 recount an open case “where the defendant has a complete defense.”
More generally, Greenberg said: “The government hates rap and it hates rappers, so they target a rapper. Then they construct a narrative around him and then enter into denial and rationalization in order to support the narrative. I’m not going to let them crucify my guys. They recruit guiltless and loveless people, tell them truth is a meaningless concept, and induce them to say what they want to say about a brother who’s on his way up. These people for the most part are jealous. My guy’s rich, he’s busy, he’s on tour. He doesn’t have time for this.”