L.A. Cocaine Ring Tied To 'Behind Da Scenes' Record Label Used Private Jets To Move Product To Baltimore, Feds Say
Authorities say it was snowing in the friendly skies.
Apparently, these guys were feeling fly "Like A G6." In fact, they were probably flying in G6s. That, at least, is the contention of federal prosecutors who announced a bust of a major coke-distribution ring.
The bad guys, say the feds, moved their coca high-class like -- in chartered jets that transported 390 kilos of the white stuff from L.A. to Baltimore.
Fourteen defendants were indicted as part of the ring, the U.S. Attorney's Office in L.A. announced Tuesday.
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Feds say the ring's main suspects were part part of Behind da Scenes Entertainment, which touts itself on MySpace as a record label.
The indictment alleges that defendants not only moved large quantities of "yay" to Baltimore, but that they "oversaw distribution of the cocraine in the Baltimore area, and flew suitcases full of cash back to Los Angeles."
In one incident a defendant, Charles Dwight Ranson, Jr., was said to have two suitcases with 48 kilograms of cocaine on him. Another, Marlon Parris, was alleged to have had 118 keys in his possession during a flight last month from Los Angeles to Baltimore.
Feds took two 2010 Aston Martin Rapides, a 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL 63 AMG and a 2009 BMW 750Li from alleged ring members.
Authorities also seized 298 keys of coke as well as $1.1 million cash. The indictment includes allegations of conspiracy to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, conspiracy to launder cash, and more.
The illustrious indictees include:
"DP," alleged to be a part of a drug ring that shipped cocaine from L.A. to Baltimore.
-Ricky James "DP" Brascom, 28, CEO of Behind da Scenes.
-Charles Dwight Ransom, Jr., 36, co-CEO.
-Darrin Ebron, 42, a DJ and alleged drug distributor.
-Heriberto "The Boss" Lopez, 42, an alleged supplier to the ring.
-Leonardo Concepcion, 50, the ring's alleged pilot.
-Jerome Mondale "Bro Bro" Brascom, brother of "DP."
-Marlon Parris, 30.
-Steven Valazquez, 31.
-Alberto Cruzado, 57.
-Five other alleged distributors in Baltimore who remain unnamed.
The feds say only the Brascom brothers, Concepcion, Valazquez and Cruzado have been taken into custody. The others are considered fugitives.
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