Rapper Casanova has turned himself in to authorities after being charged in a New York gang roundup.
34-year-old Casanova (real name Caswell Senior) was hit with several criminal charges including racketeering conspiracy, firearm possession, and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances in the indictment filed in Manhattan federal court. The court documents were unsealed earlier this month.
The federal indictment included a total of 17 suspects who allegedly played a role in the gang. Casanova checked in at the Midtown South precinct in Manhattan, according to police.
According to reports, members of the Gorilla Stone, which is a part of the Bloods, have been connected to shootings and robberies in New York. One of the alleged members. Brandon “Stacks” Soto, is charged for allegedly driving another associate upstate to assassinate a 15-year-old boy on September 21.
The young boy was fatally shot in the head.
Casanova, who is signed to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, was not charged for the September killing of the 15-year-old. Despite not playing a role in the murder, Casanova is still facing a life sentence in prison if he is convicted on the charges.
The rapper is expected to appear in court today. His lawyer denied his client was on the run and said he always planned on turning himself into New York police.
“Members of Gorilla Stone committed terrible acts of violence, trafficked in narcotics, and even engaged in brazen fraud by exploiting benefits programs meant to provide assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss.
Other members charged are accused of using stolen ID cards to obtain illegal benefits from the government. Back in September, Casanova posted a photo of himself in front of a painted Gorilla. He showed off his fit body captioning the snap, “WE STILL US”…UNTOUCHABLE ?”
Casanova is known for his explicit lyrics including, “Punch you in the face muthaf—– I knock ya teeth out. Every time I come through n—– I got my heat out.”
The rapper is still facing charges stemming from an alleged 2018 assault in Brooklyn. In this case, Casanova is accused of punching and robbing a woman who was filming him while he ate at a New York diner.
The assault case is now the least of his worries since he could be sent to prison for life if convicted in the new case.