The real Freeway Ricky Ross discusses his drug dealing past

By Alex A. Alonso
July 17, 2010 | 2:54 p.m.

Freeway Ricky Ross - by Alex Alonso

Freeway Ricky Ross - 2010

LOS ANGELES – Freeway Ricky Ross was released from prison in 2009 after initially being handed a life sentence for drug trafficking in 1996. Ross was never to be released, but after several revelations about his case and other persons involved, a judge re-sentenced Ross to 20 years in a federal prison and was released from Texerkana Prison in Texas.

During the 1980s, at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, Ross was arguably one of the most successful American street suppliers, as he earn millions in Los Angeles and other cities. His exploits were proteccted by his supplier, Oscar Danilo Blandon who was a Nicaraguan contra sympathizer on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) payroll.

Gary Webb, an investigative journalist working with the San Jose Mercury news, exposed the CIA’s role in drug smuggling and linked the United States government to the activities of Nicaraguan contras and Blandon, who were selling illegal guns and drugs to finance their war efforts.

Eventually, Blandon agreed to set Ross up in a sting operation that included the purchasing of 100 kilograms of cocaine and the shocking testimony of Blandon is how Ross was convicted and sentenced to life. Blandon served less than 24 months in prison and his whereabouts today remain unknown.

Today. Ross is telling his story and speaking to people all over the country about his life. A movie about his life will be out soon.

Alex Alonso is an author, film maker and founder of He is also a contributing author in the 2010 book entitled “Black Los Angeles: American Dreams Racial Realities” (New York University Press). He can be reached via email, toll free at 800-249-1324 or on Twitter.

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