Tekashi 6ix9ine may enter the witness protection program after testifying against two members of the Nine Trey Bloods gang.
The rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, took the stand at Manhattan Federal Court last week to testify during the trial of Anthony “Harv” Ellson and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack.
Both men are facing federal racketeering and firearms charges, while Ellison is also being tried for his links to the alleged kidnapping and beating of Hernandez last year.
Prosecutors have now suggested Hernandez could enter the witness protection program. Former FBI official Jay Kramer said that the rapper could go unrecognised despite his level of fame.
“Despite how connected we are, and the appetite for social media content in this country, there are places where, if this kid gets a haircut and wears normal clothes, no one would know or care who he is,” he said.
Earlier this year, 6ix9ine pleaded guilty to nine charges in the current case, including charges of racketeering conspiracy, multiple firearms offences, narcotics trafficking, and more. He could face at least 47 years in prison. He is expected to be sentenced on January 2020.