Rapper Tsu Surf, real name Rahjon Cox, has been arrested on federal RICO charges in Jersey City, New Jersey, as per reports.
The news broke yesterday, Thursday 13 October, that yet another rapper appears to be facing federal RICO charges, with Tsu Surf the latest in a growing line of artists facing similar charges.
The RICO Act, or the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, is a Federal Law in the United States that was first passed in 1970.
The law was passed in an attempt to crack down on organized crime activity, as it enables authorities to charge anyone who has committed two or more acts of ‘racketeering’ linked to an enterprise, meaning a criminal organization, within a 10-year period.
Those convicted of a crime under the RICO Act can face up to 20 years in jail and may be fined up to $250,000.
Tsu Surf arrested on RICO charges
The United States Marshall Service confirmed today, Friday 14 October, via Twitter that their New York and New Jersey Division arrested Tsu Surf at a home in Jersey City.
The tweet went on to confirm that Surf was arrested on a RICO charge and that the charge was connected to the DEA, the United States Federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
As per RLS Media, the US Marshalls confirmed to the news outlet that the arrest took place on Thursday afternoon, with Surf said to have surrendered around 20 minutes after authorities had surrounded the property.
Reports state that Surf is being held in Essex County Jail, Newark, and is expected to face a judge in federal court imminently.
Tsu Surf’s real name, age and career explored
Though widely known as Tsu Surf, the New Jersey rapper’s real name is Rahjon Cox. His alias is believed to be short for Tsunami Surf or Tsunami Surfer.
Cox is currently age 31, born in Newark, New Jersey, on January 15, 1990. The rapper has been active musically since the early 2010s, working with the likes of Benny The Butcher and Beanie Sigel.
Cox is best known for his 2018 I-95 freestyle, which currently sits on over 12 million views on YouTube, as well as a similarly successful HOT 97 freestyle from 2016.
Cox was in the news in July 2018 after it was reported that he had been shot five times in his hometown of Newark.
Other rappers facing RICO charges
Tsu Surf is not the only big name in rap to have faced RICO charges in 2022.
Back in May, rapper Young Thug was indicted on RICO charges, after an 88-page document alleged that Thug and 27 other members of his label Young Slime/Stoner Life, had committed various offenses.
Fellow rapper Gunna was not originally arrested, though he handed himself into the authorities days later. Gunna has since been denied bond and is set to face trial on January 9, 2023.
The implications of Cox’s arrest remain unclear, and at the time of writing, there have been no official updates on his upcoming trial.