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Rapper Young Thug handed Percocet in courtroom drug deal caught on video: prosecutors

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ATLANTA– Grammy-winning rapper Young Thug and a racketeering co-defendant engaged in a hand-to-hand drug transaction during a court hearing, prosecutors said in a filing filed in Atlanta.

Fulton County prosecutors say the alleged exchange was caught on surveillance video in the courtroom on Wednesday.

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The rapper, whose real name is Jeffery Lamar Williams, and Kahlieff Adams are facing charges including conspiracy to violate the Racketeers-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and participation in criminal activity by street gangs.

According to the request for clarification of protocol, Adams “got up from his chair (…) and went unattended” to Young Thug and gave him Percocet.

The motion said Young Thug tried to hide his hand under the table. The sheriff’s deputies took the painkiller and searched Adams, who resisted. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital after “apparently taking other contraband he was carrying to hide the extent of his crimes in the courtroom.”

During the search of Adams, deputies found percocet, marijuana, tobacco and other contraband “wrapped in plastic and food spices to mask the smell of the marijuana,” the motion said.

Percocet is the brand name of a drug that mixes oxycodone, an opioid, and acetaminophen, the generic name for drugs like Tylenol.

Keith Adams, one of Young Thug’s attorneys, told CNN affiliate WSB-TV, “His side is the truth. The reality is that Mr. Williams had nothing to do with what went on in the courtroom yesterday.”

Adams also told WSB Young Thug that he was unaware that Percocet was being handed to him.

Teombre Calland, a lawyer representing Adams, released a statement via text message to WSB-TV, which said: “On behalf of Mr Adams, these allegations are simply that: mere statements by the State to thwart the length of the jury selection process.” .”

CNN has reached out to Brian Steel, another attorney for Young Thug, and Calland.

Young Thug won a 2019 Grammy Award for his work with Childish Gambino and Ludwig Gransson on the hit “This is America.”

The rapper was initially charged in May with conspiracy to violate the RICO Act and participating in street gang criminal activities.

A re-indictment filed Aug. 5 in Fulton County Superior Court charges him with nine new charges, including participation in street gang criminal activity and violating the Georgia Controlled Substances Act.

He was also indicted on other charges of possession of a firearm while committing a felony and possession of a machine gun.

The selection of the jury is ongoing.

The CNN Wire
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