Bay Area Rappers Indicted in Federal Drug Raid

The DOJ alleges that members of "Thizz Entertainment" were involved in drug trafficking.

By Sajid Farooq
|  Tuesday, Apr 24, 2012  |  Updated 3:24 PM PDT
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Bay Area Rappers Indicted in Federal Drug Raid

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Members of the Vallejo-based rap label "Thizz Entertainment" were arrested as part of a federal drug trafficking bust.

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Members of the Vallejo-based rap label "Thizz Entertainment" were arrested as part of a federal drug trafficking bust last Thursday.

In all 25 people from Vallejo, Stockton, Fairfield, Oakland, Los Angeles, New York, and Oklahoma City were arrested and 45,000 MDMA pills, approximately four pounds of crack cocaine, a half pound of heroin, and $200,000 in suspected drug proceeds were seized, according to court documents.

"This is another example of partnership that exists between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Vallejo Police Department to improve the safety of our community and reduce the level of violence associated with drug dealing," Vallejo Police Chief Robert Nichelini said in a statement.

According to the criminal complaints, the DEA-led investigation uncovered a network of drug distributors working in the Crest neighborhood of Vallejo, along with people transporting large amounts of drugs outside of California, according to the Department of Justice.

Several of the men arrested performed as rappers under the Vallejo-based hip-hop label, according to the DOJ.

Authorities also seized approximately five pounds of marijuana, a loaded firearm, a 2010 Audi A6 with an estimated value of $60,000, and an Audi S5 with an estimated value of $50,000.

Agents seized $67,238.00 in Vallejo and $6,831.00 in Sacramento for a total of $74,069 during the service of the federal search warrants.
 

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