Current reality TV show fans associate Benzino with catfights and assassination attempts but a new probe by The Boston Globe has likened the former Source magazine underboss and Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta cast member as a gangster’s associate.
On Thursday, June 19, while the entire world focused its attention on Charleston, South Carolina, the FBI conducted a massive sweep with the aid of local law enforcement, targeting the Columbia Point Dawgs street gang. Allegedly, the CPD made the ill-fated mistake of bragging about guns and murders on social media and YouTube and an investigation has been piling up for months.
Federal prosecutors charged 48 people in six indictments for crimes ranging of gun and drug crimes, while six members are still at large. Some of the charges carry a minimum punishments of 20 years in prison. The FBI considers them dangerous the fleeing suspects to be dangerous.
According to The Boston Globe, several of the members have “artistic connections” to Benzino (real name Raymond Scott, meaning they likely recording or dealt with him throughout his long-storied career in the Hip-Hop business. Reportedly, one of the arrested suspects, Willie Berry a.k.a. Sco or Scodough, operated 8 Bus Records in Dorchester, Massachusetts has appeared in several music videos with the Made Men rapper.
When faced with these allegations, Benzino released a very brief statement through his attorney, Martin Leppo, which read, “I deal with lots of people in the music industry, and beyond that I will not make any further comment.” He probably was better not saying anything at all.
Berry is being accused of a leading a crew offset of the Dawgs.
Photo: Instagram / Benzino