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Brooklyn rapper 6ix9ine indicted on racketeering charges

The Brooklyn-based rapper, whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez, is among four people arrested on racketeering and firearms charges.
Credit: Bennett Raglin
NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 28: Rapper 6ix9ine performs at Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2018 at Prudential Center on October 28, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Power 105.1)

NEW YORK (AP) - Federal authorities say the rapper known as Tekashi 6ix9ine is (teh-KAH'-shee sihks-NEYN') is in custody and awaiting a Manhattan court appearance.

The Brooklyn-based rapper, whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez, is among four people arrested on racketeering and firearms charges.

Prosecutors didn't immediately detail the allegations against the rapper.

The authorities also arrested three of Hernandez's former associates.

An attorney who has previously represented Hernandez did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Monday.

6ix9ine has been among the most ascendant and controversial names in hip-hop in recent months. His debut album, Day69, is among the most downloaded records on iTunes.

But he's had several run-ins with law enforcement. He recently pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in Brooklyn Criminal Court in connection with a May traffic stop.