Formerly incarcerated drug baron “Freeway” Ricky Ross has officially been released from prison, AllHipHop.com has confirmed.
Ross was recently freed from Texarkana Federal Prison, after serving 14 years on a 20-year sentence for attempting to purchase 100 kilograms of cocaine from FBI agents in 1996.
“It feels superman, no question about it. Life is wonderful. “I can’t say much, they got a gag order on me, I aint supposed to be talking too much.”
At his height, Ross was allegedly grossing over $2-3 million dollars per week after cornering the crack cocaine market throughout Los Angeles and other cities in the early to mid 1980’s.
His 20-year sentence was appealed after a series of explosive articles appeared in the San Jose Mercury News, which exposed the C.I.A.’s role in distributing cocaine to black communities to fund Contra fighters in Nicaragua.
Ross’ legend has influenced numerous rappers throughout the years, including chart-topping rapper Miami Rick Ross, born William Roberts.
Rick Ross and the rapper Rick Ross have been at odds over the use of the name.
“After seeing all the stuff that has been going on with the Correctional Officer (William Roberts) that stole my name, [it] makes me think back to a year and a half ago when we spoke,” Freeway Ricky Ross explained to AllHipHop.com in a previous interview. “I tried to talk to him like a big brother and let him know to be you, and that he couldn’t be me.”
Some of Ross’ upcoming plans include a tell all book and a new record label with music industry veteran, Wendy Day.