A few years ago, underground rapper Columbia BT was making moves on the flourishing Atlanta rap scene. He has two official mixtapes in the streets that we could find. According to LiveMixtapes, the first, titled Southside Jefe was released in June 2013. It is hosted by DJ Swamp Izzo and Greg Street and features guest appearances by ATL standouts Young Scooter, Rocko, Fabo, Gucci Mane and the late Shawty Lo. His second tape, Guadalajara Rich was uploaded exclusively to Datpiff in January 2015 and is hosted by Bigga Rankin, DJ Scream and DJ Winn. The project (released under Hoodrich Entertainment and Team Watch Me Work) featured cameos by Young Scooter (again), Rich Homie Quan and Future, among others.
It’s been a minute since the 42-year-old rhyme-spitter has released another project, and now, it looks like it may be even longer before he feeds the streets again. On September 12, Columbia BT (government name Tommie L. Walker) was indicted alongside Juan Carlos Garcia-Martinez and Samuel Achondo-Galaviz (from New Mexico). The trio was accused of participating in an international cocaine trafficking ring. Nine days later, Columbia BT and Garcia-Martinez were officially arraigned on federal charges of drug trafficking and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. “These defendants were allegedly part of a multi-state drug distribution scheme that transported and distributed cocaine worth approximately $4 million,” explained U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak. “Thanks to the work of law enforcement in Georgia, South Carolina and Colorado, this drug enterprise is now history.”
According to the Department of Justice report, the investigation into Columbia BT and his crew began in August 2017, when the Atlanta-Carolina High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program joined forces with the DEA. The report alleges that the conspiracy was expansive and active in the Atlanta area, South Carolina, Colorado, and Mexico. The laws accuse Columbia BT of running a warehouse in the ATL area that would accept shipments of yola that came hidden on tractor-trailers. An unnamed co-conspirator arranged the trips in Colorado. Columbia BT allegedly distributed the product to clientele in South Georgia and South Carolina. Garcia-Martinez is accused of orchestrating some of those alleged transactions.
According to the DOJ:
Law enforcement officers seized more than 135 kilograms of cocaine from the organization, a quantity worth more than $4 million at current wholesale prices in Atlanta. Law enforcement also seized more than $220,000 in drug proceeds.
October 9, 2017, a tractor-trailer containing approximately 40 kilograms of cocaine, which was driven by Anchondo-Galaviz, was stopped on the way to Walker’s warehouse. Other seizures charged in the indictment took place on December 3, 2017, and February 21, 2018. Walker allegedly used his illegal drug proceeds to finance a lavish lifestyle that he displayed in his rap videos. Some of the property seized from the alleged drug proceeds included a 2016 Rolls-Royce Dawn and a 2013 Bentley Mulsanne.
To be specific, Columbia BT is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and three counts of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Garcia-Martinez and Anchondo-Galaviz each face conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
All are presumed innocent until proven guilty.