January 20, 2023
The mother of YSL rapper Yak Gotti, legal name Deamonte Kendrick, was arrested on Wednesday (Jan 18) after allegedly smuggling tobacco products into the courtroom.
WSB-TV reported Latasha Kendrick was taken into custody at the Fulton County Jail on one count of criminal attempt to commit a misdemeanor.
According to the news outlet, Kendrick claims not to have known the rolling papers and tobacco products were hidden in a bag of clothing she intended to drop off for her son. The rapper’s attorney Douglas Weinstein informed law enforcement that he received a text from Nyesha Cox, the mother of Yak Gotti’s child about a concealed envelope.
An arrest warrant was issued for Cox after a search revealed rolling papers and tobacco products in the bag.
Young Thug attends the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on October 01, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Yak Gotti is one of 14 defendants standing trial in a massive indictment, including rapper Young Thug, who also allegedly attempted to obtain contraband in court. The chart-topping artist was allegedly handed a Percocet pill from co-defendant Kahlieff Adams and was caught in a “hand-to-hand drug transaction.”
Caught on video, the Thug’s lawyer, Brian Steel, is claiming his client, legal name Jeffery Williams was unaware of what was happening at the time.
“The state’s motion is replete with factual inaccuracies, embellishments, and improper attempts to make Mr. Williams responsible for someone else’s actions. The end result of an investigation into yesterday’s incident was that Mr. Williams was cleared of any wrongdoing,” explained Steel in a statement. “The responsible parties were charged and appeared in court for first appearances this morning.”
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