Freeway Ricky Ross Speaks On His Cocaine Empire & How The CIA, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr Helped Start America's Crack Epidemic [Video]

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Freeway Ricky Ross' real life is the kind of story Hollywood has made fictional movies about and rappers (one in particular) have fantasized about in their rhymes.

Born Ricky Donell Ross, Freeway was actually a very good tennis player at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. He dropped out as a senior after his coach told him he wouldn't be able to get a college scholarship because he couldn't read or write.

After that he enrolled at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, a vocational community college where a friend told him about the booming cocaine business.

From there the legend began. Freeway built a cocaine empire that brought in anywhere from $1-2 million dollars a day through distribution from the west coast to the midwest.

Ross was brought down after trying to purchase more than 100 kilos of cocaine from a police informant. Which led to his 1996 conviction.

But as you will read and see in this interview with, Freeway's story is much bigger than it appears on the surface. It reaches all the way to the steps of the White House.

"I didn't think I would be living when I was 24-25 years old, I didn't know how long. I lived a dangerous life. Right now just to be living and be free is..[mind blowing]," he says.

Street Gangs: You think the U.S. Government might have some concerns about you that now you're a free man, but you're also a part of an expose of nefarious activities of our own goverment?

"The government know that I'm not the one that exposed it. They know that I didn't know anything about it. They know that all I was doing was selling drugs. They know that {journalist] Gary Webb is the one that put it all together. Some people try to say I put it together. The government know....I wish it would have been me that did all the stuff that Gary did. I don't think they really have any concerns for me."

The Gary Webb that Freeway refers to was an investigative journalist who wrote a series of articles for the San Jose Mercury News titled the "Dark Alliance". In the articles Gary investigated Nicaraguan CIA-backed Contras who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S. and distributing it as crack in L.A. with profits going back the Contras. Gary asserted that the Contras started the crack epidemic in the U.S. with full CIA knowledge and were shielded from prosecution by the Ronald Reagan administration.

Gary died in 2004 at the age of 49 from two gunshot wounds to the head. His death was ruled a suicide.

Gary Webb

Street Gangs: Gary Webb died before you was released from prison. If you had an opportunity to meet him face to face what would you say to Gary Webb?

"That would have been amazing to see Gary, because he wanted me to be free bad. Gary thought that I got a raw deal all the way around the board. He felt that I was a victim in the whole thing and that I had been taken advantage of. I didn't feel like that, but that was his personal opinion. He felt that if I was in jail then the rest of those guys that was involved should be in jail to."

Street Gangs: I guess he was talking about guys like [Oscar] Danilo Blandon?

"Blandon, [Norwin] Meneses, Oliver North, Bush [George Sr], [Ronald] Reagan, the list goes on. There was quite a few of them he felt was more culpable than I was."

Oliver North

Street Gangs: Now you personally knew Denilo, that was like your connection?

"Yeah, Denilo that was supposed to be my man."

Street Gangs: How did he treat you and how was he in the beginning when you guys were making all this money?

"Oh we were cool, we were like brothers, father-son type of relationship. He taught me what needed to be done, I stayed at his house when I went to Miami. I mean we were just cool, stayed at each other's houses."

Street Gangs: So were you shocked when you caught that case at the end there and he turned out to be a witness against you?

"Very shocked, even after he set me up, I still couldn't believe that he would testify. I still couldn't believe that he would walk in the courtroom in front of 12 people and point the fnger at me knowing that I was going to get a life sentence in prison."

Danilo Blandon

As you can see, Freeway Ricky Ross has quite a story to tell. He is currently working with 'Blow' writer Nick Cassavetes to bring his story to the big screen.

It's going to be one hell of a movie.

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Comment by LOS on July 18, 2010 at 6:11pm
This man is telling the truth & if you don't believe him then good for you because you can just go on with your life & never think twice about what he just said & what it really means. I envy you actually because I wish sometimes that I didn't know the truth because it is so big & so disturbing that it consumes you & either makes you depressed from realizing just how f***** up s*** really is or it turns you into a truth seeking obsessive person who will be looked at as a looney by your own people because they simply just do not know any better.

This s*** is just the very tip of the iceberg & to give you an example as to how big this thing is, if this is just the tip of the iceberg then the whole truth is bigger than the known Universe.

Have you ever heard the saying "don't open Pandora's box"? Well this is you barely cracking the box open & trust me, I really mean trust me when I say this to you, if you are not ready to completely reevaluate EVERYTHING you ever thought you knew then just drop this s*** right here because trust me it's no fun when you know something that almost everyone else doesn't know & even if you tell them they will most likely not believe you because they can't wrap their minds around such a big f****** thing.

It literally drives me crazy sometimes to think about this s*** but I swear on everything I love that it's true.

Peace & Love to everybody & I really mean EVERYBODY even those of you that will criticize me.
Comment by akini on July 18, 2010 at 12:39pm
this n**** is a f****** fool why the f*** is he being interviewed he is nobody never heard of him and i dont care cuz i dont deal with coke only weed and the whole real rick ross s*** is stupid his name is ricky ross not rick ross he just a broke a** that just came out of jail for f****** with coke probably was the s*** back then and now has nothing but the clothes he is wearing and just trying to see what he can get and the rick ross situation is a b**** move to me who give ah f*** so if my real name was 50 i can filed a lawsuit f****** b******* p**** move that acting like a b**** and honestly this n**** was never a gangsta if he was probably f***** it out of him in jail cuz a real n**** would not care if someone rapping with a name similar to theirs f****** p**** and real n***** or gangsta would take anyone to court str8888888888
Comment by key on July 18, 2010 at 12:54am
Please someone tell me how getting mad and going back and forth about who has facts..and who is..a f* going to change the way things are going? Some of the 2 page comments on this post are borderline childish..if you got the info and you post the facts..they speak for themselves...but thank you for publishing a live demonstration of why we are still an inferior people(Americans). Not because we dont have intelligence, but because we never realize who the real enemy is until it is too late.... We are so easily led astray because we operate out of emotion first.
Comment by Blak Godi on July 18, 2010 at 12:28am
Comment by A on July 17, 2010 at 10:14pm
let em use the excuse f*** em
Comment by LeoKrayola on July 17, 2010 at 8:05pm
@JoeSmith who do you think flew in the cocaine? watch American Drug War: The Last White Hope: Pre Release Cut here on youtube for FREE & learn something dummy!
Comment by JoeSmith on July 17, 2010 at 5:06pm
are you guys serious with this crap? sounds like 911 conspiracy. Are you guys not aware of the simple fact that Colombian farms could literally make billions finding ways to get coke into this country in the early 70s... then ppl cook the coke... thats it. simple as that. to MAKE MONEY. its not the GOV'T
Comment by ShAwN on July 17, 2010 at 4:00pm
@ JAYCROW WORD look up facts and spit it out because this information superhighway is gonna get a ill roadblock soon
Comment by MASTERMIND2200 on July 17, 2010 at 3:47pm
@piggiy small( ANSWER THIS) are the international bankers ruining our country? are we headed in a real depression? is there a real agenda to kill 98% of humanity? are they putting bad flouride in our drinking water? are the globalist trying to push for a north american union? is our dollar being devalued by design? isn't aspartame bad for the human body? and isn't barack obama real name barry satoro ? isn't the republican and the democrats pushing the same agenda? isn't the main stream media doing a black out on all meaningful information? the answer to all this is yes and there are black, white hispanic,asian and all other type of people helping these globalist to push there agenda, racism is just one of there many tool's to continue to keep society fighting and separated AND KEEP US FROM NOT being focused on the real issues thats affecting not just americans but people around the world as a whole. our country has been high jack by off shore corporation ( how can I.B.M , GOOGLE ,MICROSOFT ECT. do business with country's that that are considered to be part of the axis of evil. these corporations can go and do things our own government official's can't do, how can b.p tell our congress men they can go look at the gulf oil spill because they own our government now .........and thats what alex jones has been saying for years and has been 99% has nothing to do with racism facts are facts......IF A BLACK CRACKHEAD TOLD YOU NOT TO GO DOWN THAT ALYWAY OR YOU MIGHT GET SHOT AND ROBBED!! WHO WOULD GO? WHO CARES IF HE'S BLACK OR IF HE'S A CRACKHEAD THE TRUTH IS THE TRUTH........TRY AND GO DOWN THAT ALYWAY BECAUSE YOU DONT LIKE BLACKS AND WHEN YOU GET ROBBED AND SHOT WHO WILL YOU BLAME........ PLEASE STOP USING RACE, THERE'S ALL TYPES OF GOOD PEOPLE AND ALL TYPES OF EVIL PEOPLE , PICK A SIDE AND LEAVE RACE OUT AND THATS HOW WE WILL BEAT THESE GLOBALIST ( IF YOU PICK THE GOOD SIDE THAT IS)
Comment by ShAwN on July 17, 2010 at 3:44pm
AYE PIGGY THERES A BIGGER agenda than this F*** WHITEY F*** BLACKEY stuff THE THING IS OUR RIGHTS you KNOW THE CONSTITUTION and the BILL OF RIGHT ARE BEING SHREADED in the name of terrorism by who... u know it.. our government WE ARE CONSTANTly being dumbed down with mainstream media, music, entertainment and propaganda to keep us fighting while they slowly push their agenda. NOT to mention our diets have drugs in them. LOOK UP ASPERtame side affects. THE FDA know its not good for us but govermnet legalizes it anyway. LOOK up flouride you know what whats in ya toothpaste and water its a poison. YEAH they say its good for tooth decay but studies have shown that a person who doesnt use flouride as oppose to a person who does shows no difference in tooth decay. WAKE UP PEOPLE NO FACTS LOOK UP THESE THINGS

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