Bobby Shmurda pleaded not guilty this afternoon to gun and drug charges, the Associated Press reports. The Brooklyn rapper appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court, where a judge set bail at $2 million. An attorney for the “Hot N***a” star said Epic Records, Shmurda’s label, will post the bail, according to a local WABC-TV reporter.
Shmurda was indicted for conspiracy of second degree murder and conspiracy to commit second degree assault, along with weapons and narcotic charges, according to the reporter. His next court date is January 29, notes Revolt.
Bridget Brennan, the city’s special narcotics prosecutor, said at a press conference, “Shmurda incorporated will be out of business for a while,” as quoted by a local WNBC reporter. Investigators displayed 21 guns, below, that they say belonged to Shmurda and his GS9 crew affiliates. Authorities reportedly alleged Shmurda and GS9 held a “considerable” array of weapons for “armed warfare.” Brennan reportedly said “crack sales supplied the funds.”
Earlier today, Howard Greenberg, a lawyer for Shmurda, told the New York Daily News the indictment against his client was “a bunch of bullshit.”
As WS reported yesterday, Shmurda and several others were arrested the previous night as part of what an official at the special prosecutor’s office called “a long-term investigation” involving “violent incidents as well as narcotics trafficking.” The attacks took place outside Quad Record Studios near Times Square, according to The New York Times, which noted that more than a dozen people had been taken into custody. Tupac Shakur was robbed and shot in the lobby of the same studio in 1994.
— Andrew Siff (@andrewsiff4NY) December 18, 2014