A prosecutor revealed Monday that rapper NBA Youngboy, the subject of a state probe into what happened during the September creation of a music video in Baton Rouge, which led to his arrest and the arrest of 15 others on drug and weapons charges, is also being looked at by federal investigators.
Kentrell Gaulden, the Baton Rouge rapper’s real name, is a felon and thus prohibited by state and federal laws from possessing a firearm.
An attorney for Gaulden, 21, had recently filed a motion asking a 19th Judicial District Court judge to release him from his bond supervision because more than four months have passed since Gaulden’s arrest and no formal charges have been filed by the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office
“The Office of the District Attorney has returned Mr. Gaulden’s seized property and there is no indication that the State intends to file a Bill of Information against Mr. Gaulden,” lawyer James Manasseh states in the motion.
But District Attorney Hillar Moore III, contacted by phone Monday, said, “The matter is still being reviewed by our office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.” The federal investigation had not previously been disclosed publicly.
U.S. Attorney Brandon Fremin said it is his office’s policy not to acknowledge the existence of investigations.
Manasseh said he was not aware that federal authorities are reviewing the matter but said he is confident they will reach the same conclusion that he has reached.
“There’s no crime committed by Kentrell in this,” he said. “They didn’t find him in possession of anything (illegal). They just arrested everybody.”
In December, state District Judge Tiffany Foxworth ordered the Baton Rouge Police Department to return more than $40,000 in cash, a $300,000 cashier’s check, and two diamond necklaces and a diamond ring that had been confiscated from Gaulden during the September arrest
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