Shotti has attained legal representation from Jeffery Lichtman, Complex reports. Lichtman is also currently representing alleged drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
Shotti was previously represented by Scott E. Leemon.
Shotti, whose real name is Kifano Jordan, is facing racketeering and firearms charges alongside Tekashi and four others.
6ix9ine fired Shotti as his manager a week before his arrest on federal charges.
Tekashi faces a minimum of 32 years in prison if convicted, the New York Daily News reports.
The government considers Tekashi dangerous.
“The defendant is quite violent,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Longyear said. “This defendant participated in multiple acts of violence.”
The feds list Tekashi in a 17-count indictment for gang conspiracy that includes his ex-manager, Kifano (Shotti) Jordan, Jensel (Ish) Butler, Faheem (Crippy) Walter and Fuguan (Fu Banga) Lovick and Jamel (Mel Murda) Jones.
They were reportedly nabbed in a joint investigation by the NYPD, Homeland Security Investigations and ATD.
The 9 Trey Bloods are accused of committing many crimes to maintain the gang’s “power, territory and profits.”
Members of Nine Trey sold h-----, fentanyl, MDMA and weed in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx, prosecutors say.
The indictment lists several alleged instances of violence involving Tekashi and his fellow accused gang members:
“On April 3, Tekashi, Jordan, Butler and Walter robbed rival gang members at gunpoint at 40th St. and 8th Ave., according to the indictment. On April 21, Lovick fired one shot inside the Barclays Center, according to the indictment.
Manhattan prosecutors have said the incident during a boxing match at the arena stemmed from Tekashi’s beef with the rapper Cassanova. On July 16, Tekashi, Jordan, Butler and Walter conspired to kill “an individual who had shown disrespect to Nine Trey,” according to the indictment. The plan didn’t work and an innocent bystander was shot at Fulton St. and Utica Ave., authorities said.”
6ix9ine’s trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 4, 2019.