Tekashi 6ix9ine moved from federal prison
The rapper was being held at the Federal Prison of Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center
Tekashi 6ix9ine, the rapper that was arrested on federal charges earlier in the week, has reportedly been moved from prison.
He was arrested and charged following the findings of a federal investigation spanning five years. He also spent a period in prison after pleading guilty in 2015 for conducting a sexual act with a 13-year-old.
Real name Daniel Hernandez, the rapper is facing the prospect of life imprisonment on charges around racketeering, firearm usage and his involvement with a violent US gang.
On Thursday his lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, released a statement that insisted on his client's innocence.
It read "Daniel Hernandez is completely innocent of all charges being brought against him," before describing the rapper as "An entertainer who portrays a ‘gangster image’ to promote his music" insisting that this did not make him a member of an 'enterprise.'"
According to research conducted by the HHNM, the rapper was released.
"A search of the Federal Bureau of Prisons website clearly states that Tekashi, who was inmate number 86335-054 at the prison was released yesterday," they wrote on their website.
However, no announcement about his release was made by the authorities and it remained unclear whether he had been completely released or simply transferred to another facility from the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center, possibly for his own safety.
It has now been confirmed by the rapper's friend, DJ Akademiks, that the latter is the case, and he has been transferred due to safety concerns.
According to TMZ, the rapper requested to be housed in a unit away from the Crips and the Bloods and has now been 'transferred to a facility that is regularly used to house witnesses who cooperate'. I.e, witnesses who cut deals.
Hernandez is still battling a minimum mandatory sentence of 32 years for a combination of the unlawful possession of an AR15, the alleged involvement in two shootings (the second of which was conspiracy to commit murder) and finally, participating in the robbery of a rival gang.
The case is ongoing.