American battle rapper Tsu Surf, whose real name is Rahjon Cox, has pleaded guilty to violating New Jersey's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
On April 28, Tsu Surf admitted to two counts of racketeering conspiracy and possession of firearms and ammunition as a convicted felon in federal court. He is set to be sentenced on September 12 and could face a maximum of 20 years in prison for the racketeering charge, as well as an additional 10 years for possessing weapons, with both charges carrying a fine of up to $250,000.
In order to avoid future RICO charges, Tsu Surf is obliged to abide by the terms of the plea deal, which also requires him to forfeit any property he obtained as part of the larger RICO conspiracy.
As per a press release by the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey, Tsu Surf admitted to committing criminal activities from 2015 to 2022. During this time, he was allegedly in a leadership role within the Rollin' 60s Neighborhood Crips and was involved in shooting at a member of a rival gang in 2017. He was also found to be in possession of two loaded firearms in July 2019.
The rapper was taken into custody in October 2022 after a standoff with the police at a home in Jersey City, New Jersey. He barricaded himself at the location with a woman and refused to come out, sparking rumors that he had been arrested on RICO charges in a raid that saw multiple members of the Rollin' 60s detained.
Tsu Surf has pleaded guilty to two counts of racketeering conspiracy and firearm possession as a convicted felon, potentially facing a total of 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He will be sentenced on September 12 and must adhere to the plea deal's terms to avoid future RICO charges.
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