Casanova Surrenders To Authorities After Allegedly Taking Part In Gang-Related Racketeering Case & Could Serve Life In Prison + His Wife Speaks Out
Rapper Casanova (real name Caswell Senior) is reportedly being held in federal custody after he surrendered to authorities, for taking part in a gang related racketeering case.
Casanova reportedly surrendered on Wednesday night (December 2nd), after he was named among 17 other suspects who were already in custody. The New York rapper turned himself in at the Midtown South precinct in Manhattan, and was reportedly the last member of the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang member still at large.
Casanova’s charges include; conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement,
“As alleged in the Indictment, members of Gorilla Stone committed terrible acts of violence, trafficked in narcotics, and even engaged in brazen fraud by exploiting benefits programs meant to provide assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Because of that, communities across the Southern District—from Poughkeepsie to Peekskill to New York City—suffered. Most shocking, as alleged in the indictment, a minor was murdered in furtherance of the gang’s activities. Because of the extraordinary work of our law enforcement partners, the defendants now face federal charges for their crimes.”
Because of Casanova’s involvement, the maximum time he can serve for conspiracy to commit racketeering charge is life in prison if convicted.
Casanova’s wife Swaggy Jazzy shared a video on Instagram, before the rapper turned himself in. In the video he says,
“You know I’m a whole gangster, tough dude. I’ll see you soon, I love you like cooked food.”
In Swaggy Jazzy’s caption she wrote,
“Last night was the longest, worst, emotional ride of my life riding with my husband to surrender hisself knowing what he’s up against. … We gon get through this. Don’t believe everything you see! my husband is innocent until proven guilty always remember that and we’re gonna fight for his freedom!” She noted the rapper is “the strongest man I know and one thing about Cas is he dont run from his problems he faces them like a man.”
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Casanova’s attorney, James Kousouros, says that the rapper was never on the run and he has been cooperative with the justice system in regards to the case. He explained in an email,
“From the moment Mr. Caswell was informed of this indictment and the gravity of the charges, he had every intention of voluntarily surrendering to the authorities. He was never ‘on the run.’ All he intended was a peaceful surrender. He respects the judicial process and is confident that he will be exonerated.
Earlier this week, it was reported that Casanova was wanted by the FBI. At the time, the FBI released an old mugshot of the 34-year-old rapper tweeting:
“We are still looking for Caswell Senior, aka Casanova, in connection with this case. He has connections to both NY and NJ. If you have information about his whereabouts, please call us at 1-800-CALL-FBI.”
According to reports and a FBI press release, he was named in an indictment following the arrest and charging of 17 other alleged members of the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation.
FBI Assistant Director William F. Sweeney Jr. said in a statement:
“The violence and drug activity committed by these gang members threatened the safety of our communities and placed innocent lives at risk. But thanks to the partnership and hard work of all law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation, we were able to stop this violent criminal organization — and show that Gorilla Stone is actually not ‘untouchable.’”
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