This article is about the Former American drug trafficker. For the book about him, see Freeway Rick Ross (book).
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Rick "Freeway" Ross
Ross in 2010
Ricky Donnell Ross
January 26, 1960 (age 60)
Tyler, Texas, United States
Other namesFreeway, The Real Rick Ross, Freeway Rick Ross, Freeway RickyOccupationAuthor/EntrepreneurCriminal statusIncarcerated in 1996, released in 2009Parent(s)Annie Mae Ross, Sonny Ross
Criminal charge Conspiracy to illegally traffic cocaine (100 kg)PenaltyLife, reduced to 20 yearsWebsitewww.freewayrickyross.com
Ricky Donnell "Freeway Rick" Ross (born January 26, 1960) is an American author and former drug trafficker best known for the drug empire he established in Los Angeles, California, in the early to mid 1980s. He was sentenced to life in prison, though the sentence was shortened on appeal and Ross was released in 2009
Ross attended school at Susan Miller Dorsey High School in Los Angeles. He played for the tennis team but was unable to get a college scholarship because he was illiterate.
Ross has said that when he first saw crack cocaine as a teenager in 1979, he did not immediately believe it was a drug because it looked different from other drugs he had seen.