Rapper arrested for leaving ‘machine gun’ in taxi: FBI

An aspiring rapper — who brags about guns in his music and has a previous gun conviction — was arrested and held without bail after leaving a retrofitted machine gun in an Uber Thursday, prosecutors say.

Isaiah Dukes — whose stage name is “Lil Zay Osama” — took the Uber with friends from a Manhattan hotel to a recording studio in Queens, according to Brooklyn federal prosecutors.

The Uber Driver, “Noted That” [Dukes] was holding a firearm,” and that after he was dropped off left the gun in the car, prosecutors argued in court papers that Dukes wanted to be held without bail.

The driver called police to report the weapon left behind and later helped them identify the Dukes, prosecutors say.

The gun Dukes was carrying was a Glock 22.40 caliber pistol with a “switch” device attached that allowed it to fire quickly — like a machine gun, prosecutors say.

And Dukes was “well aware” of what a switch device was, as the lyrics of his 2021 issue say, “Ayy, I just got a brand new Glock with a fifty and a switch,” prosecutors in court papers say. .

Still image of Isaiah Dukes – or Lil Zay Osama – with a gun in a music video on YouTube.
Aspiring rapper Isaiah Dukes – whose stage name is “Lil Zay Osama” – was arrested after he allegedly left a machine gun-like firearm in a riding car on Thursday.
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Still image of Isaiah Dukes – or Lil Zay Osama – with a gun in a music video on YouTube.
The 25-year-old Chicago-born rapper has a previous conviction for gun possession.
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“A different Glock every day,” says Duke’s text. “P–y boy know how I play it, I hope this song doesn’t get into the hands of the FBI here.”

Dukes has also been featured in music videos on YouTube showing off guns, court papers claim, including stills from the videos.

The 25-year-old Chicago-born rapper has a criminal record, including a previous gun possession conviction in Illinois — and has two pending arrest warrants, prosecutors say, arguing he is both a flight risk and a danger to the community.

Still image of Isaiah Dukes – or Lil Zay Osama – with a gun in a music video on YouTube.
Prosecutors asked for him to be held without bail because they say he poses a flight risk and a threat to the community.
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“The crimes charged in this case are extremely serious and confirm that [Dukes] is a danger to the community,” Rebecca Schuman, assistant US attorney, wrote in the court papers. “For a, [Dukes] possessed a particularly lethal weapon that had been converted from a pistol capable of firing only one bullet each time the trigger is pulled, to the ability to fire until the trigger is pulled.”

Schuman added that while Dukes has had multiple previous arrests and a gun possession conviction, “he has not been deterred from such behavior.”

Dukes is charged with possessing a machine gun and being a felon in possession of a firearm. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on both counts.

Brooklyn Federal Court Judge Ramon Reyes Jr. on Friday ordered Dukes to be held without bail.

His criminal defense attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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