In the 1990s, “Freeway” Rick Ross made a name for himself as one of the most prolific cocaine dealers in American history. Before his arrest in 1996, Ross reportedly made $600 million off of cocaine in Los Angeles, CA. He was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, but his sentence was reduced in 2006. He was released in 2009, and since has taken up activism, cautioning youths against the criminal lifestyle. He has also added writing and music (Rick Ross Music Group) to his resume, Sadly, “Freeway Ricky’s” past has come back to haunt him. This weekend, he was arrested on suspicions that he jumped back into the drug game.
Marijuana distributors traveling from Southern California and the Bay Area to the Emerald Triangle (Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties) call the area along the 101 Freeway where Ross was pulled over “the Gauntlet” because of the high risk of being pulled over by law enforcement looking for drugs and cash.
Ross was also arrested on the suspicion that he was conspiring to commit a crime. According to the Sonoma County sheriff’s records, he is no longer in custody. Yesterday, Ross took to Facebook to clear his name, posting a picture of himself with the caption:
To everyone despite what has been said about me in the media this past weekend, I’m okay & this is just another attempt to drag my name through the mud.#TripleOG #crackinthesystem #iamfreewayrickross #iwillbettermypeople #TherealRickRoss#FreewayRickyRoss