Rapper Casanova, signed to Roc Nation, has been sentenced to 15 years and eight months in federal prison for gang-related racketeering and drug charges.
According to a press release:
U.S. District Judge Philip M. Halpern to 188 months in prison for racketeering and narcotics offenses arising out of his leadership role in the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation Bloods Gang (“Gorilla Stone”). As part of the racketeering conspiracy, SENIOR participated in a shooting in Florida on July 5, 2020, and a robbery in New York City on August 5, 2018, and conspired to traffic over 100 kilograms of marijuana.
According to a press release, Casanova, whose real name is Caswell Senior, participated in and was a*sociated with the Gorilla Stone racketeering conspiracy. The press release further says Casanova was a powerful, respected, high-profile gang member. According to the press release, Casanova admitted that he was an organizer or leader of a criminal activity involving five or more participants.
Federal prosecutors say while incarcerated over ten years ago; Casanova has remained an active member of the Gorilla Stone gang, including upon his release from custody from a prior case in 2013. In July 2020, prosecutors say Casanova shot a gun at a gang member with whom he was having a gambling dispute, hitting one gang member in the leg/calf area and a second different gang member in the foot when the bullet ricocheted. A victim was treated at a Miami-area hospital for a gunshot wound to the foot.
Prosecutors further say Casanova agreed to traffic at least 100 kilograms of marijuana. In nine months, prosecutors say Casanova was responsible for distributing between 100 kilograms and 400 kilograms of his personally branded “2x” marijuana.
He was sentenced Tuesday in the Southern District of New York.
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