NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — An aspiring rapper has plead not guilty to charges that he is a member of a street gang in New York that has been implicated in a violent drug trafficking conflict.
Bobby Shmurda, AKA Ackquille Pollard, was ordered to be held on $2 million bail at a hearing in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. Pollard has been charged with conspiracy, reckless endangerment and gun possession after being arrested while leaving a recording studio in Midtown, the Associated Press reported.
Pollard was indicted along with 14 other defendants on a bill of charges that includes murder, attempted murder, assault and sale of controlled substances. The gang Pollard is allegedly affiliated with have been implicated in the death of a rival, the wounding of a bystander and provoking a disturbance outside of a nightclub in Miami Beach, Florida. Pollard has been directly accused of firing a gun towards a crowd of people outside of a barbershop in Brooklyn earlier this year.
Police seized 21 guns during the investigation, 10 of them while making arrests on Wednesday, the Associated Press said.
Pollard, a native of Brooklyn, is best known for his hit "Hot Boy" and is currently signed with Epic Records.
James Essiq, head of the NYPD unit that conducted the investigation remarked that Pollard's music was "almost like a real-life document of what they were doing on the street." – Staff Writers