Rapper Casanova Charged In Connection With New York Gang Crimes
Roc Nation rapper Casanova, whose real name is Caswell Senior, in a series of gang-related crimes. The Brooklyn-born artist has alleged connections with the Untouchable Gorilla Stone Nation gang, a criminal organization reportedly responsible for the death of a minor as well as multiple cases of narcotics, racketeering, firearms and fraud.
We are still looking for Caswell Senior, aka Casanova, in connection with this case. He has connections to both NY and NJ. If you have information about his whereabouts, please call us at 1-800-CALL-FBI. pic.twitter.com/W38fCnBFpt
— FBI New York (@NewYorkFBI) December 1, 2020
On December 1, the New York Branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation released a statement by FBI Assistant Director William Sweeney Jr. announcing that at least 18 members of the gang had been apprehended. The tweeted read, “As the indictment alleges, the violence and drug activity committed by these gang members threatened the safety of our communities and placed innocent lives at risk. Their unabashed criminal behavior, as alleged, included the murder of a 15 year old and even extended to defrauding programs meant for people suffering economic hardship due to the pandemic,” read the statement. “But thanks to the partnership and hard work of all law enforcement agencies involved in this investigation, we were able to stop this violent criminal organization — and show that Gorilla Stone is actually not ‘untouchable.'”
The FBI launched a manhunt earlier that day for Casanova, whose profile they tweeted publicly. The court documents allege that he is a prominent member of the gang. He was apprehended on December 2 and while he will not be charged with the Poughkeepsie slaying of 15-year-old Jalani Jones or the shooting deaths of several others, his racketeering and conspiracy to distribute controlled substances charges can each lead to life imprisonment.
Casanova has a history of criminal activities, serving a stint in Rikers Island, where, his cellmate was none other than ASAP Rocky.