NBA YoungBoy is asking a judge to suppress all of the evidence prosecutors have seized against him, claiming his Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment rights have been violated.
NBA YoungBoy was originally arrested on September 28, 2020 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The cops raided a house where 16 members of the Never Broke Again and Bottom Boy Gorilla “gangs” had gathered at a house to shoot a video.
During the raid, the police found 14 guns, one of them stolen and others loaded, as well as drugs and a large amount of cash.
Prosecutors charged NBA YoungBoy, born Kentrell Gaulden, with possession of Oxycodone, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm with controlled dangerous substances.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
According to documents obtained by AllHipHop, the rap star’s lawyer claim the police violated his Constitutional rights by intentionally seeking to find a criminal charge against him when they launched the operation they dubbed “Never Free Again.”
NBA YoungBoy’s lawyers also claim multiple sworn affidavits mislead and misrepresented the court. Finally, and maybe most persuasive, his lawyers claim the cops never read him his Miranda Rights, which could be a huge problem for prosecutors.
“Law enforcement led the state judge to believe the actions of September 28, 2020, were based solely upon information provided by a reliable source,” his lawyer Drew Findling explained.
“There was no basis of reliability of this source because the information was actually from an anonymous 911 caller. For example, police swore that the reliable source informed that two street gangs had gathered on abandoned property, brandishing firearms. The picture paints a potential gang fight about to erupt,” Findling continued, revealing the caller said the men were actually in front of his NBA YoungBoy’s grandfather’s house.
“The true facts from the 911 caller reveal nothing more than legal activity that was not threatening to her or anyone else. No crime was articulated,” Findling said.
NBA YoungBoy’s lawyer said the police used the 911 complaint as an opportunity to unleash operation “Never Free Again.”
“Law enforcement disregarded their rights as they searched, seized, questioned, and trampled upon their liberties seeking a ‘crime’ to charge Kentrell Gaulden.” – NBA YoungBoy’s lawyer, Drew Findling
The rapper’s lawyers are also moving to suppress all statements made because the police violated NBA YoungBoy’s right to counsel, and failed to read him his Miranda Rights when they attempted to question him after his arrest.
They are also seeking to suppress digital evidence recovered from cameras seized by NBA YoungBoy’s videographer Marvin Ramsey AKA Rich Porter, as well as digital devices taken from NBA YoungBoy’s Cadillac Escalade, which violated his Fourth Amendment rights.
Lastly, they are seeking to suppress a weapon recovered from a Dodge Ram that was located at the scene.
Bodycam footage from a Baton Rouge Police Department cop identified as Officer Kennedy revealed that the rap star was handcuffed and placed into the back of a police car for several hours until he was brought to a police station for questioning.
NBA YoungBoy’s lawyers claim they have not observed the rap star being advised of his Miranda Rights, as officers questioned him.
“Law enforcement knew that Mr. Gaulden was invoking his right to counsel and knew he was represented and yet still attempting to question him without a lawyer,” Drew Findling revealed.
So far, a date has not been set for a judge to rule on NBA YoungBoy’s request to suppress the evidence he says was illegally seized.