Federal agents ended a three-year Ecstasy drug network investigation that involved 25 people – many of them from a rap label — in an alleged trafficking ring operation. Law enforcement authorities seized about 45,000 Ecstasy pills, a half pound of heroin, 4 pounds of crack cocaine, $200,000 in cash, and forfeited about 230 acres of property valued at about $1 million.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Michael Lott, a close associate of rapper Mac Dre (Andre Hicks), who was shot to death in Kansas City in November, 2004.
Mac Dre had founded Thizz Entertainment, which many of the 25 people are associated with, according to the Justice Department. “Thizz Entertainment,” is one of largest rap labels.
Court documents suggest that many of the defendants also were involved in sales of marijuana and had sold illegal drugs, such as heroin, cobaine, and Ecstasy, to undercover informants.
According to documents attached to the criminal complaints, many of the defendants also were involved in sales of marijuana through associations with various marijuana dispensaries in Vallejo. Other illegal drugs allegedly sold to informants were heroin, cocaine and Ecstasy.
Agents also executed three federal search warrants last Thursday and seized about 5 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.
Thizz Entertainment could be traced back to the notorious Vallejo-based gang, the Romper Room Gang, which was active in the late 1980s and 1990s, and had its origins with Mac Dre (Andre Hicks), who was killed on Nov. 1, 2004 in Kansas City, Mo.