Daniel Hernandez, better known as the controversial rapper 6ix9ine/Tekashi69, has been placed in the general population of a prison deemed "extremely dangerous" by the United States Justice Department.
While awaiting his bail hearing following his November 19 arrest, Hernandez has not been segregated from the rest of the prisoners at the rough-and-tumble Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, despite his celebrity status, according to TMZ.
MDC Brooklyn, the largest federal metropolitan detention center in the U.S., is known as a dangerous facility that houses a range of criminals, including people accused of terrorism, drug smuggling, and organized crime, according to the DOJ.
Prosecutors had emphasized in courts that Hernandez had become a potential target of violence for several individuals, saying that former members of his squad had "wanted to super violate him," TMZ reports; prosecutor Michael Longyear later clarified that this meant they wanted to inflict harm or potentially fatally shoot the rapper.
The turmoil between Hernandez and his crew reached a boiling point when he appeared on the rap-focused radio show "The Breakfast Club" and announced that his allies were turning on him amidst fears of persecution from federal investigators.
"Only two things I'm scared of in life: God first and the FBI," he said.
Only a week before that, the “Gummo” rapper said he fired his entire staff, according to a post on his Instagram page.
Lance Lazzaro did not express concern for Hernandez’s safety when discussing his upcoming bail hearing, which had originally been scheduled for Tuesday but was moved as a judge was not available that day, reported TMZ.
Hernandez had been arrested on racketeering and firearms charges along with associates Kifano "Shotti" Jordan, Jensel "Ish" Butler, and Faheem "Crippy" Walter at the beginning of the week.
Hernandez has a lengthy criminal history prior to this arrest. He was arrested in January for allegedly choking out a teenage fan at Houston’s Galleria Mall, and just last week had pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in Brooklyn Criminal Court in connection with a May traffic stop. Before that, Hernandez had been put on probation in 2015 for his involvement in a sexually explicit video featuring a 13-year-old girl.
As a performer, Hernandez’s tracks have continuously topped Billboard charts. His multi-platinum hit "Fefe" with Nicki Minaj hit the No. 1 spot on Billboard's On-Demand Streaming Songs chart in August 2018, according to Billboard.
Hernandez potentially faces between 32 years to life in prison if found guilty of his most recent charges, according to Rolling Stone.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
[Photo Credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images]
Crime Time is your destination for true crime stories from around the world, breaking crime news, and information about Oxygen's original true crime shows and documentaries. Sign up for our Crime Time Newsletter and subscribe to our true crime podcast Martinis & Murder for all the best true crime content.