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Tekashi69’s undocumented driver cooperated with feds to avoid deportation

2019-09-24

The government had a key cooperating witness in the investigation of the Nine Trey Bloods before Tekashi69 flipped — the Brooklyn rapper’s driver.

The driver, Jorge Rivera, testified Monday that he began helping the feds in May 2018, after he was thrown in immigration jail because he is an undocumented immigrant.

He was released in July of last year and returned to his job driving the rowdy rapper. Later that month, Rivera was behind the wheel with Tekashi in the backseat of a Chevy Tahoe when they were rear-ended. Security cameras in the ride captured the dramatic moment when two men identified by Tekashi as Anthony “Harv” Ellison and “Sha” kidnapped the “GUMMO” artist at gunpoint.

“I thought we were going to get killed. And we would be robbed,” Rivera said on the stand in Manhattan Federal Court through a Spanish interpreter.

Rivera followed the kidnappers as they sped away with Tekashi in the backseat. He abandoned the chase when one of the men got out of their Honda Nissan and began running toward the Tahoe with a gun drawn, Rivera said.

“I felt he was going to shoot me. I put my car in reverse,” he said.

Rivera testified in the trial of the alleged kidnapper, Ellison, and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack, who is accused of dealing heroin for Nine Trey. Last week, Tekashi testified against the men under his own cooperation deal with the government, which he said began in November.

Days after the alleged kidnapping, Rivera secretly recorded Tekashi and his manager, Kifano “Shotti” Jordan, discussing the incident and gave the audio to investigators. As preparations were being made to move Tekashi from Bedford-Stuyvesant to Long Island amid internal gang strife, Rivera testified that he noticed an AR-15 rifle Jordan had given to Tekashi for protection, as well as a blue backpack Jordan stole from a rival at gunpoint in Times Square earlier in the summer.

Rivera notified investigators about both pieces of evidence. Jordan has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Rivera said he’d pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering, weapons possession and robbery in connection with his cooperation agreement.

“I know I have to pay for my mistakes,” he said, adding that he hoped his cooperation would result in him not being deported.