Like many others in the world today, the Cheesetown Money Gettaz of Virginia Beach were trying to get on in the rap game. Their videos can be seen on Youtube and have been viewed by thousands. However, some of those views were the feds. The FBI’s Tidewater Violent Crimes Task Force was probing into the CMG, whom they suspected of being “a loose-knit neighborhood street gang” that slung cocaine, crack and heroin in Chesapeake, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, since 2009. The investigation led to a federal indictment of seven CMG members.
CMG members Ronald “Grams” Yarborough, Brandon “Killa” Stephens and Deangelo “Safety” Hyman were arrested on Tuesday. Previously arrested on state charges were Detron “Bae Dollas” Jackson, Carlton “Jay” Wilson and Ajene “AJ” Jordan. The authorities allege that their CMG Studio in Virginia Beach and all of its equipment was funding by their drug enterprise in Hampton Roads. The indictment alleges that they grabbed coke from Hampton, New Jersey and Georgia”for as much as 3 kilograms at a time and about $30,000 a kilo.” The work was supposedly “processed,stored and distributed at 20 spots throughout Hampton Roads, including houses, apartments, hotels and a barbershop in Chesapeake.
The music proved to be the downfall of the crew. At one point, one of the CMG’s plugs allegedly stopped fucking with them after his face appeared in a promotional photo, because he thought they were making him hot. Their lyrical content, which contained a good amount of drug talk, made the feds suspicious. According to the Virginian-Pilot:
The indictment repeatedly references CMG’s musical endeavors. It notes that in February 2014, Yarborough, Stephens and Jackson posted a video of themselves on YouTube titled “No Water, No Bake.” The indictment claimed it was designed to “promote and advertise their drug trafficking activities.”
Among the song’s lyrics: “They say the feds asking questions. Give them no word.”
Stephens’ attorney was unimpressed.
“I don’t think the video is going to get anyone a record deal,” said Jason Alan Dunn, declining further comment in light of the pending case.
Other videos linked to CMG and Yarborough reference drugs and violence in Hampton Roads.
There were any reported acts of CMG violence, but investigators knew that Yarborough had purchased an AK-47 and three handguns in spring 2010, then an AR-15 and more later on that year. Jackson was “spotted with a black military-style rifle in the trunk of his car outside the studio,” according to court records.
Reports indicate that the feds are looking for the CMG to pay up. The Pilot writes:
Federal prosecutors are seeking the forfeiture of $7.1 million from the seven defendants – a figure representing the proceeds of the drug trafficking. They also want to seize a 2010 Porsche Panamera, which investigators say Wilson used in December to deliver cocaine to a buyer in Chesapeake, and a 9 mm handgun recovered by police from a Chesapeake apartment.
The FBI is offering a $2,500 reward for information on Ronald Antonio Johnson a.k.a. “Pooh,” who has not been taken in.