Freeway Ricky Ross arrested October 2015

“Freeway” Ricky Ross was arrested in California.

Former drug kingpin “Freeway” Ricky Ross was arrested earlier this week in Sonoma, California on suspicion of possessing money related to the sale of a controlled substance and suspicion of conspiring to commit a crime.

Law enforcement officials told the Los Angeles Times, at the time of his arrest, Ross was carrying more than $100,000.

Ricky Ross has been released from custody, but details of his arrest have not been revealed as the investigation is still ongoing.

Via the LA Times:

Ross was convicted in 1996 of conspiring to buy more than 100 kilograms of cocaine from a police informant and, based on two prior drug convictions in Texas and Ohio, sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. But his sentence was reduced in 2005 from 20 to 16 1/2 years. He was released in 2009.

After his release, Ross went on speaking tours and talked to young people about his life in the drug trade. Ross sued rapper Rick Ross, born William Leonard Roberts, a former corrections officer, over his name, claiming the artist used his name to fuel his fame and profit.

But a California appeals court judge ruled Roberts’ alias and image are protected speech.

“Freeway” Ricky Ross’ life and his case were documented in Freeway: Crack in the System. It’s a great watch. Netflix and chill, anyone?

I certainly hope after all he’s been through, Ricky wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize his freedom.


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