The rapper Casanova has surrendered to law enforcement following his indictment in a gang-related federal racketeering case, authorities said Thursday.
The New York City rapper, whose legal name is Caswell Senior, was charged in an indictment unsealed against 18 members of the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang, which authorities say operated in New York City and other parts of New York state.
The gang is charged with a litany of crimes, including the killing in September of a 15-year-old in Poughkeepsie and defrauding programs meant for people suffering economic hardship because of the pandemic.
Casanova, currently signed to Roc Nation, was charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and firearms possession. He is not charged with killing the child.
Emails were sent to Roc Nation and the rapper’s representative seeking comment.
Raised in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, Casanova is known for hits like “Don’t Run” and, more recently, “Set Trippin,” a song with lyrics like “Punch you in the face … I knock ya teeth out.”