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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Bobby Shmurda Gun Charges Dismissed

Bobby Shmurda’s Brooklyn gun case was dismissed Tuesday — but that’s not necessarily good news for the rising star rapper. The weapon possession charges he was accused of became part of a more serious conspiracy indictment filed last December in Manhattan.

They represent the most direct evidence against the 20-year-old hip hop phenom, who prosecutors described as the “driving force” behind a street crew called GS9 that was allegedly responsible for shootings and drug sales. He was arrested with a pal in June 2014 after cops saw him holding a pistol inside an East Flatbush apartment, and he then tried to stuff the 9-mm. Glock between cushions of a couch, court documents allege.

The move is technical and meant to avoid double jeopardy. Just over a month after the Brooklyn bust, while out on a $10,000 bail, Epic Records signed Shmurda – real name Ackquille Pollard – to a seven-figure deal. His “Shmoney Dance” has become a viral sensation and his hit “Hot Boy” reached No. 6 on the Billboard chart and garnered close to 1 million downloads. But it all came crashing down with the conspiracy indictment, for which he’s facing up to 25 years to life in prison and was locked up on a $2 million bail.

Defense lawyer Kenneth Montgomery called the exuberant bail amount “absolutely ridiculous” and contested the allegation his client led any gang. “This is a glorified case and they have to follow their cheese,” he said of prosecutors. “This is what we’re fighting.”

Shmurda, hands shackled behind his back and wearing a dark-gray sweat suit, looked behind him during the hearing as if to find relatives in the thin courtroom crowd. There were only a number of young strangers in the audience who nodded and smiled in recognition of the up-and-coming star.