Rick Ross, the former Los Angeles cocaine kingpin – not to be confused with the rapper who assumed his name for the stage – has been arrested on suspicion of possessing drug money.

Freeway Rick Ross Arrested

Ross, 55, was arrested last week in the Emerald Triangle, an area that is known for its production of marijuana production in northwest California, reported the Los Angeles Times. At the time, Ross had more than $100,000 on him – money that law enforcement officials suspect is drug money.

Not only was Ross arrested on suspicion of possessing drug money, but also on suspicion of conspiring to commit a crime, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. Ross’s arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation.

Ross is no longer in police custody.

Back in the 80s, Ross was one of the major players in America’s crack epidemic. At the height of his drug running empire, he had thousands of employees working under him and had earned upwards of $600 million. He was finally arrested in 1996 after selling cocaine to a police informant.

Ross was released from prison in 2009. Since then, Ross has made a career out of doing speaking tours, talking about his days dealing drugs and running his cocaine business. In 2014, he released the memoir Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold Autobiography. A documentary about his time as a kingpin, Freeway: Crack in the System, was released earlier this year.

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