Tekashi69’s Undocumented Driver Cooperated With Federal Authorities To Avoid Being Deported
Rapper Tekashi69 has been all over social media lately with memes making fun of the musician in court. Tekashi69, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was in court testifying against two Nine Trey Bloods gang members in a case of racketeering and firearms brought against the gang. However, it was Hernandez’s driver who got the rapper involved in the court case.
Tekashi69’s driver, Jorge Rivera, served as an informant for federal authorities after being arrested by ICE for being undocumented.
According to Rivera’s testimony in court, the driver was arrested in May 2018 for being undocumented. It was while he was in ICE detention that he started to cooperate with federal authorities on their case about Nine Trey Bloods gang, of which Daniel Hernandez was associated with.
Rivera continued to work with the feds after being released from ICE detention on July 2018.
According to New York Daily News, Rivera was hired back as Hernandez’s driver shortly after being released from ICE detention. As part of his cooperation with federal officials, Rivera installed two cameras in the SUC he used to drive the Brooklyn driver around. The cameras captured a moment when two gang members, one of which he is testifying against, rear-ended the car and kidnapped Hernandez.
“I thought we were going to get killed. And we would be robbed,” Rivera said in Manhattan Federal Court through a Spanish interpreter, according to New York Daily News.
Rivera admits that he worked with the federal authorities because he wanted to avoid being deported because of his undocumented status.
Rivera acknowledged that he would be receiving a 5K1 letter as part of his agreement to cooperate. A 5K1 letter is a letter drafted by the United States Attorney and given to a federal judge who is presiding over a case. The letter can allow for the judge to give leniency to witnesses who cooperate with authorities investigating and trying the case.
It is unclear if Rivera has any prior convictions but he is hopeful that the 5K1 letter will limit his own sentence after pleading guilty to charges of racketeering, weapons possession and robbery. He also hopes that the letter will spare him from being deported.
There has been talk about relocating Hernandez with witness protection since his testimony in court has been met with death threats.
Thousands of people have been relocated with the United States Federal Witness Protection Program since 1971. The program is used to protect witnesses who testify in court against defendants, especially if there is any chance that the witness and their family are in immediate danger of retribution. Hernandez’stestimoney in the court has led prosecutors to begin considering the program for Hernandez.
Hernandez’s testimony has also decimated his reputation in the music industry.
Snoop Dogg is one of the many people Tekashi69 has said is part of the Nine Trey Bloods gang. The list of people includes Cardi B and Jim Jones.
People have used the moment to remind everyone of Martha Stewart’s prison sentence and her refusal to name names.
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