Young Thug's Legal Battle: Prosecutors Want Evidence Reintroduced In Drug & Gun Case
He thought he had a minor victory in court after a judge agreed to grant his motion to suppress evidence in his case, but prosecutors are coming for Young Thug once again. According to The Blast, they're appealing that decision, one that was made after the rapper's team called into question the legality of the traffic stop that got him into this mess in the first place.
For those of you that may not know what's been going on, let's recap: Back in September 2017, Young Thug was pulled over for what cops say was a window tint violation. They allegedly smelled an odor of marijuana and when they searched the vehicle they found drugs and arrested the rapper. A grand jury later indicted Young Thug on eight felony charges that included possession and intent to distribute meth, weed, and hydrocodone along with possession of amphetamine, Alparzolam, codeine and possession of a firearm.
Young Thug, real name Jeffery Lamar Williams, filed a motion in December 2018 saying that arresting officers never read him his rights and didn't have probable cause to search his vehicle, therefore the evidence against him should be suppressed. The judge granted Thug’s motion “as the stop of the vehicle was illegal in violation of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution.”
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The order also stated that the reason behind why the officers stopped the rapper in the first place was questionable. “Officer Fikes testified, unequivocally, that the sole season for stopping the vehicle was based upon a supposed window tint violation … However, there was no credible evidence present, whatsoever, how this vehicle’s window tint violated.”
Now, prosecutors are attempting to have that decision overturned so that evidence against Young Thug may be introduced in his trial. The rapper has denied the drug charges, yet the judge has ordered him to submit to weekly drug tests and to enroll in an out-patient treatment program. The case may still go to trial. If convicted, the rapper could be locked up for a while.