For the latest development in 6ix9ine’s trial, the 23-year-old’s driver, Jorge Rivera, has taken the stand. For his testimony, Rivera reveals that he was once an informant.
According to Inner City Press’ Matthew Russell Lee, who continues to live-tweet from the courthouse, Rivera revealed that he became an informant for authorities following an arrest by ICE. “While you were detained, did you speak with law enforcement about cooperating?” Rivera was asked to which he responded, “Yes.”
Per Rivera’s account, 6ix9ine became suspicious of his one-time driver towards the end. “Did you ever come to believe that Tekashi suspected you of cooperating,” Rivera was asked. “Yes, toward the end,” Rivera responded.
On Sunday (Sept. 22), The New York Times reported that prosecutors were seeking witness protection. “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,” Jay Kramer, a former F.B.I official said to The Times.
If the rainbow-haired rapper does obtain witness protection, 6ix9ine will have to remove the tattoos that make him easily stand out. “United States Marshals Service, which runs the witness protection program, would pay for the removal of Mr. Hernandez’s signature face tattoos,” the article states.
As 6ix9ine’s case continues to unfold, prosecutors are dealing with a lot of information and moving parts. During his testimony, 6ix9ine implicated Trippie Redd and Jim Jones as gang members. In a leaked conversation with Mel Murda, Jones stated that 6ix9ine needs to get violated by the Nine Trey Bloods. “He was never a gang member. They going to have to violate shorty because shorty is on some bulls--t,” Jones said.
We will provide more updates as the case continues to unfold.
AUSA: Mr. Rivera, when you were released, did you start driving for Mr. Hernandez again?— Inner City Press (@innercitypress) September 23, 2019
Q: As a confidential informant?
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