Bobby Shmurda, 19, was netted in a sting centered around the Quad Recording Studio in Times Square on a sealed indictment, said Kati Cornell, a spokeswoman for the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor. The investigation involved violent incidents in Brooklyn that include shootings and narcotics traffic, she said.
Other members of his group, GS9, were also arrested. Cops were hunting for two more people, including a parole violator, police said.
Born Ackquille Pollard, Shmurda has been in hot water before. He was busted on a felony weapons charge in June and on a misdemeanor charge of pot possession in August.
Shmurda is known for creating popular hip hop Shmoney Dance. A law enforcement source said Shmurda was stopped in a car in Brooklyn after leaving the studio famous for being the site of the 1994 nonfatal shooting of rapper 2Pac. A total of 16 weapons were confiscated during the raid, a law enforcement source said.
The indictment is expected to be unsealed Thursday morning in Manhattan Supreme Court. The arrests were the result of a longterm probe by the NYPD's Brooklyn Violence Reduction Task Force.