Bout to Blow: 7 Hip-Hop Labels Accused Of Being Fronts For Illegal Drug Operations
On April 24, 2012, 25 people were arrested and nearly a dozen more were sought by authorities after a four-year sting operation into late Bay area rapper Mac Dre's label, Thizz Ent. According to authorities, the label is a front for a nationwide drug ring, specializing in the club drug Ecstasy. Members of the label, including several rappers, were charged with conspiracy to distribute ecstasy, cocaine, marijuana, heroin and codeine cough syrup after a raid uncovered 45,000 e-pills, four pounds of crack cocaine, eight ounces of heroin and $200,000 in cash.
Outcome: The investigation is ongoing.