In the YSL RICO case, Young Thug alongside one of his co-defendants has been accused of prolonging the jury selection process by trading narcotics while the court was in session.
A petition filed on Thursday (January 19) by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis reveals the moment Khalieff Adams allegedly gave Thug a single Percocet pill in the middle of court hearings on Wednesday (January 18).
"Defendant Kahlieff Adams stood up from his seat inside courtroom 1c and walked unattended to where defendant Jeffery Lamar Williams aka Young Thug was sat at counsel table next to his attorney," according to the motion, which was published on Twitter by a trial-related account.
"Defendant Adams approached defendant Williams and extended a closed right hand to him. Defendant Williams extended his open right hand toward defendant Adams' closed right hand and accepted an item of contraband from inside defendant Adams' hand, namely Percocet."
Closed-circuit cameras inside the Fulton County Superior Courthouse captured the entire situation.
EXCLUSIVE: My colleague @MarkWinneWSB just obtained surveillance video that shows the moment prosecutors accuse Young Thug and his co defendant Kahlieff Adams of conducting a “hand-to-hand” drug deal in court.@wsbtv pic.twitter.com/smhVopvH7x— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) January 19, 2023
BREAKING: More details have come out of yesterday's arrest in the YSL RICO case.— YSL RICO UPDATES ひ (@ThuggerDaily) January 19, 2023
Defendant Adams stood up and directly handed Young Thug a Percocet Pill. Officers immediately saw and confiscated the contraband.
Adams was searched and they found more on him including (cont.) pic.twitter.com/agnwPcOTac
A Fulton County Sheriff's officer approached Young Thug immediately and requested him to expose his hand to disclose what he had gotten from Adams, also known as Bobby Hunt. The deputy approached Thugger to search him after collecting the drug from him.
Kahlieff Adams tried to evade the search. Authorities were able to seize more Percocet tablets, marijuana, cigarettes, and unidentified contraband from his person. According to court filings, the products were wrapped in plastic and food seasoning to hide the cannabis odor.
Adams, who had been sat in the gallery prior to the transaction, was taken to nearby Grady Memorial Hospital after eating some of the things he had been hiding, according to the DA's motion.
As nothing more than a consequence of the interruption, the court adjourned Wednesday's jury selection hearing early, preventing the court from considering juror hardships — requests by potential members of the jury to be excused due to any physical or financial issues that may arise as a result of their participation in the court case, which is expected to last up to a year.
Young Thug's lawyer, Keith Adams, reaffirmed his client's innocence in an interview with WSB-TV on Thursday, which reporter Michael Seiden published on Twitter.
“The reality is Mr. Williams had nothing to do with what went on in the courtroom yesterday,” the attorney said. “One of the co-defendants, on his way to the restroom, attempted to pass something to Mr. Williams, who immediately turned it over to the deputy. He did not know what it was, turned it over to the deputies right away.”
This is actually the second occasion in the current YSL trial that a defendant has been accused of trying to smuggle drugs.
Prosecutors filed a motion,— Michael Seiden (@SeidenWSBTV) January 19, 2023
asking the court to “make a finding of fact that Court was delayed on January 18, 2023 because of the actions of Defendant Williams and Defendant Adams.”@wsbtv
Judge Glanville delayed the jury selection process for Young Thug's trial on January 13 to advise counsel on both sides of difficulties related to two of the rapper's 13 other co-defendants, according to reporter Jozsef Papp, who is covering the trial for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.
“Judge Glanville just announced that there is going to be an investigation after someone brought clothing for one of the defendants with contraband (marijuana) in the shoes,” Papp tweeted. “Glanville said one of the defendants also refused with cooperating this morning (taking a shower and getting dressed) and defendants during transport yesterday were causing problems.”