Infamous Drug Kingpin Freeway Ricky Ross Released From Prison

Freeway Ricky Ross

Infamous drug kingpin Free Ricky Ross, who was busted in the act of trying to purchase 100 kilos of cocaine in 1996, finally saw the light of day Monday (May 4), when he was released prison after serving 20 years.

Ricky Ross, who many believe was the man rapper Rick Ross took his name from, oversaw a Los Angeles based multi-state drug operation in the early 1980s, which earned upwards of $2 million per day during its peak.

After L.A.P.D. set up a sting operation to bring him down (The Freeway Taskforce), Ricky finally turned himself in, weeks after a rogue police officer attempted to set him up and murder him in an alley. He was sentenced to prison and released in 1996.

Six months later, his former cocaine distributor, who was working for the CIA (unbeknownst to Ricky), asked Ricky for a favor — it turned out to be a set up. In 1996, Ricky Ross was sentenced to life in prison for orchestrating the purchase of over 100 kilos of cocaine from an undercover federal agent.

Eventually, Ross’ sentence was reduced through appeals, after a series of explosive articles by the late Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Gary Webb uncovered C.I.A.’s role in importing cocaine into black communities to fund Sandinistas in El Salvador, as part of the Iran-Contra scandal. Webb’s series, titled Dark Alliance, turned into a best-selling book that blew the lid off of the alleged C.I.A. complicity in the importation of cocaine into the US, creating the exceptionally profitable, and damaging, crack cocaine epidemic spread through many inner city neighborhoods.

Congressional Hearings, in the late-90s, found the book’s facts to be true.

Ricky Ross’ story reads like a page-turning novel or a blockbuster film, and has inspired rappers to name themselves after him, and even re-tell his stories as their own exploits, gaining international success. Although a pawn in a bigger scheme, Ricky realized that the damage done to inner city neighborhoods was unacceptable. Since being imprisoned, he’s devoted himself to making a difference in his community by teaching financial literacy to urban youth and teaching legal ways to financially empower themselves.

When Ricky first went to prison, he was illiterate — the educational system in South Central L.A. had failed him, even though he went on to become a multi-millionaire savvy at numerous legitimate businesses, and a tennis pro. Reading a book a week during his lengthy incarceration has since made Ricky wise beyond his years.

In his hey day, Ricky oversaw an empire that spanned over numerous states and earned millions of dollars. The nickname “Freeway” came from Ross owning several properties along Los Angeles’ Harbor Freeway. His plan, now, is to return to society and accomplish that again, but this time through legal means.

According to his publicist, upon Ricky Ross’ release, he will focus on the following:

  • a book and a film (seeking deals for both)
  • a new record label in conjunction with industry legend Wendy Day
  • a foundation to help inner-city youth at risk
  • a reality TV show
  • his social networking site (FreewayEnterprise.com)

Ross currently has a film crew is following his release from prison and his trek across the country to a halfway house in California — where he will interact with, and impact youth in juvenile detention centers along the way.

His criminal past has previously become one of the most successful episodes of BET’s “American Gangster” series (first season). Now, he’s trying to move past his mistakes and into a positive future.

24 comments
  1. Mistakes in the past pave the way for a positive future. I believe this brother is going to make a positive impact. Keep ya head up homey…

  2. damn… damn… damn… 2 million a day in its prime?? i have no words for that…

  3. damn officer ricky took this dudes style wit the beard… and his name how fake is that?!?!??

  4. SO WHAT ROSS TOOK HIS NAME, THE REAL ONE PROB DONT MIND ANYWAY SO WHY R U GUYS

  5. shut up sunshinebitch, rick ross is a fake ass rapper who couldnt think of his own stlye so he just jacked someone elses. he doesnt even give props to the real ricky… rappin ross’s days are numbered

  6. SINCE RICK ROSS WAS A CORRECTIONAL OFFICER AND ALFAMEGA WAS JUZ EXPOSED AS A DEA INFORMANT WOULD THAT MEAN THAT THIS IS THE FUTURE OF HIP HOP, RAP OR WUTEVER????

    THEY SHOULD DO A COLABO: ALFA & RICK – THA COP & THA SNITCH!!!!!!!!

    N-E-WAYZ CONGRATS 2 THA ORIGINAL RICK ROSS IT’Z GOOD THA REAL BOSS IS BACK…

  7. A True Cali Legend Right There Welcome Back Big Homie..And Hopefully u do Make a Positive impact on ya Neighorhood this time!!

  8. Glad your out and that you tell the world your story and expose the manipulative people who run this country

  9. Men! i am happy for that dude, he is the man…$2M/day…what the heck??? men….Thumbs up for you bruv!

  10. dis mi nigga fer real i meen i aint make that much but damn(freeway mi niggs)

  11. people still dnt understand what this is about no one said how he made 2mil a day. think of all the babies the kids in the HOODS that suffered is that worth it. and if you was getting like might be the samething

  12. Just heard Ricky Ross on the Alexjones Show. I like this dude. Smart an ready to stand up. He speaks well and he even mentions he ready to live, just in case the New World Order tries to murder him and claim its suicide.

  13. Rick ross da boss! Im glad ur about to expose our corrupt government for who and what they stand for…..and that is PURE EVIL! but be careful they may try to get the illuminati to kill u like they did Micheal Jackson

  14. Rick ross da boss! Im glad ur about to expose our corrupt government for who and what they stand for…..and that is PURE EVIL! but be careful they may try to get the illuminati to kill u like they did Micheal Jackson Tupac and Biggie.

  15. I met Him like 3 days ago, cool ass nigga…really got a lot of shit goin for him right now

  16. Damm now I see why this NIGGA don’t like plies how u gone hate and u fake as HELL too both of yall putting florida on da map tho

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