Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Cooperative Witness Crew Includes His Driver, Who Reportedly Testified Following ICE Arrest

Tekashi69, real name Daniel Hernandez and also known as 6ix9ine, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Tekashi 69, leaves after his arraignment on assault charges in County Criminal Court #1 on Aug. 22, 2018, in Houston.
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“Tattle Tale Tekashi and the Chamber of Snitches” continues with yet another thickened plot. This time, it involves his driver.

According to Complex (who obtained court records via Inner City Press), the federal court proceedings where Tekashi 6ix9ine (born Daniel Hernandez) is a key witness are moving forward this week and one particular component sticks out—his driver, Jorge Rivera, reportedly became a confidential informant after he was arrested by ICE officials.

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From court transcripts, it appeared Rivera was released by ICE officials on the condition that he become a confidential informant.

“Mr. Rivera, when you were released [from ICE custody], did you start driving for Mr. Hernandez again?” the AUSA (Assistant U.S. Attorney) asked.

“Yes,” Rivera responded.

Late last week, Tekashi gave emotional testimony in relation to an alleged kidnapping involving his former friends Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack. Tekashi also alleges the two men are members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.

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Footage was released of the carjacking related to the alleged kidnapping. Rivera confirmed he had cameras installed in his car, which he noted is typical as an owner of a car service.

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“I knew I was going to become a target,” Tekashi testified on Thursday. “I knew they were going to try and hurt me.”

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To that point, it looks like witness protection is in the cards for the 23-year-old infamously rainbow-haired rapper.

As the New York Times recently reported:

Prosecutors have indicated he could enter the witness protection program.

Such a path would not be unprecedented. The government has successfully relocated and protected high-profile witnesses in the past; mobsters have started over as bakery owners, and reformed assassins have found new careers as doll salesmen, two former federal law enforcement officials said.

“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,” said Jay Kramer, a former F.B.I. official who worked on organized crime cases.

There is almost nothing in Mr. Hernandez’s background that suggests a capacity for discretion, and it is unlikely the United States Marshals Service, which runs the witness protection program, would pay for the removal of Mr. Hernandez’s signature face tattoos.

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