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Ricky Donnell Ross, better known as “Freeway" Rick Ross, is one of those rare figures whose experience as a drug kingpin has lead him to a life of rebuilding the community in which he once helped destroy. According to the Oakland Tribune" In the course of his rise, prosecutors estimate that Ross exported several tons of cocaine nationally, and made more than $600 million in the process. Counting inflation its 1.6 billion dollars comparing 1986 to 2010.
Report of DEA investigation But Ross is the first to admit that being in the right place at the right time had almost nothing to do with his amazing success. Other L.A. dealers, he noted, were selling crack long before he started. What he had, and they didn't, was Danilo Blandon, a friend with a seemingly inexhaustible supply of high-grade cocaine and an expert's knowledge of how to MARKET it.
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Ricky Donnell Ross, better known as “Freeway” Rick Ross, a.k.a. “Freeway Ricky”, is one of those rare figures whose experience as a drug kingpin has led him to a life of rebuilding the community in which he once helped destroy.
Freeway Rick Ross is a speaker who is "Life Changing" and "Mind Blowing. Freeway Rick Ross is a realist, humorist, entrepreneur, humanitarian, philanthropist, and mentor.
As part of what is agreed to be one of America’s most controversial government conspiracies ever (THE IRAN - CONTRA AFFAIR), Mr. Freeway Ricky Ross’ story of being used as a pawn and landing a life sentence in prison commands the attention of any audience.
Mr. Ross delivers clear-cut, mind-blowing information. "THE REAL" Rick Ross, Mr. Freeway Ricky Ross, is informing youth about the real world of Drugs & Gangs and how they will destroy the life of the dealer and the devastating impact it has on a community. He spreads the messages of literacy, anti-drug, and anti-violence wherever he goes.
Now, he has applied the passion that helped him build an empire, learn to read and write, and to help get his life-term conviction overturned into helping the youth and mentoring. Ross has been given a second chance to uplift his community by giving back through mentoring and sharing his story on multiple platforms.
His goal is to be an inspiration to all to achieve their greatest successes without following in his footsteps.
"The Real Rick Ross" Dedicated. Focused. Determined….
Author: Freeway Rick Ross and Cathy Scott
Ricky Donnell Ross, better known as Freeway Rick Ross, is one of those rare figures whose experience as a drug kingpin has lead him to a life of rebuilding the community in which he once helped destroy. According to the Oakland Tribune” In the course of his rise, prosecutors estimate that Ross exported several tons of cocaine nationally, and made more than $600 million in the process.During the height of his drug dealing, Ross was said to have made 2-3 million dollars a week. In 1996, he was sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted of trying to purchase more than 100 kilograms of cocaine from a federal agent. Ross became the subject of controversy later that year when a series of articles by journalist Gary Webb in the San Jose Mercury News brought to light a connection between one of Ross’s cocaine sources, Danilo Blandon, and the CIA as part of the Iran-Contra scandal. The decision in his case was brought to a federal court of appeals where his sentence was reduced to 20 years and then reduced further for being a model inmate and he was released in Sept 2009. Now, he has applied the passion that helped him build an empire to helping the youth, Ross has been given a second chance to uplift his community by giving back through mentoring and sharing his story. He plans to inspire many of today’s youths to achieve their greatest successes without following in his footsteps.The legacy he wants to leave behind is to be known as an inspirational mentor to people in need rather than the old “Freeway” Ricky Ross. He plans to make life better for people around him and to continue to love his family
Author Cathy Scott is a tour de force in true crime. She is the bestselling author of The Killing of Tupac Shakur and The Murder of Biggie Smalls and an award-winning journalist.
Marvin X, also known as Marvin Jackmon and El Muhajir was born May 29, 1944 in Fowler, California, near Fresno. Marvin X is well known for his work as a poet, playwright and essayist of the BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT or BAM. He attended Merritt College along with Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. He received his BA and MA in English from San Francisco State University.
FREEWAY RICKY ROSS : though he was initially sentenced to life in prison, the term was reduced to 20 years. While serving his time, Ross formally educated himself and began laying the groundwork for legitimate media efforts. In May of 2009, Ross completed his sentence and was released from prison.
In addition to establishing his social networking site FreewayEnterprise.com, he is in the process of authoring a book, hashing out the terms of a film deal, creating a modeling agency, developing a reality television show and founding a record label. The former drug runner is also interested in bolstering at-risk communities, and is working to create a non-profit foundation to help underprivileged youth.
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