Yesterday, Don Diva reported that Los Angeles legend “Freeway” Rick Ross was arrested this weekend after officers found $100,000 cash in Sonoma County, CA. Ross was pulled over on a stretch of highway called “The Gauntlet,” that many a cannabis smuggler gets pulled over on his or her way to the Emerald Triangle (Mendocino, Humboldt and Trinity counties) in the Bay. “Freeway Ricky” is claiming his innocence in the matter, and that he was the victim of racial profiling by a Sonoma County sheriff.
“I looked at him, he looked at me, and then he just started following me for probably about 2 miles,” said Ross about his ordeal with the police this weekend. He said that when he pulled off of an exit, the police car lit up and the siren sounded. When the officer asked Ross to exit the vehicle, he refused and handed the officer his license and registration. After a little banter, the officer asked if he could search the car. Ross refused again. “He said, ‘You sound like a guilty person,’ and told me he was going to search it anyway,” said the former crack kingpin. “He asked me if I had any drugs, and I said no. Then he asked me if I had any money, and I told him it was none of his business.”
The officer then summoned a drug-sniffing dog to search the vehicle. He told Ross that the dog smelled weed and that he now had probable cause to search the car. “I’ve had drugs planted on me by cops before, but I’ve never had the smell of drugs planted on me,” said Ross.
A search of the car didn’t reveal any drugs, but the officer found the $100,000 in cash. Ross, an owner of five legitimate businesses, claimed that the cash was being used to negotiate a property purchase new Fortuna in Humboldt County. he said, “I make pretty good money these days, and I’m a good saver.”
Officials were suspicious, however, and Ross was arrested “on suspicion of possessing money related to the sale of a controlled substance,” though the former drug dealer pointed out that probable cause for the search was based on the scent of marijuana, for which he has a valid prescription.
The charges against him were continued in a Sonoma County courtroom Monday morning, a sheriff’s department spokeswoman said. Ross is due back in court for arraignment in December.
“I knew from the beginning that the charges against me were trumped up,” he said. “But it’s crazy to me that people are still getting pulled over in this day and age and in this political climate just for being black. I was one of a bunch of cars on that freeway. We were all going the same speed doing the same thing, but I’m the one that gets pulled over.”
The Sheriff’s office denies “Freeway” Rick Ross’ claims.