Clipse Manager Admits To Running Drug Ring; Fined $9 Million
The former manager for popular Hip-Hop group The Clipse has pleaded guilty to running a $10 million drug conspiracy.
Anthony Geezy Gonzales, 34, pleaded guilty to distributing over a half-ton of cocaine and over a ton of marijuana during proceedings in U.S. District court on Tuesday (October 6).
Gonzales pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, crack, heroin and marijuana and using, carrying and possessing firearms during and in relation to and in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office Eastern District, Virginia, Gonzales admitted to leading a small, efficient drug distribution ring that employed family members and life long friends.
Gonzalez is one of seven defendants charged in the case and is the fifth to plead guilty.
The ring began distributing cocaine, marijuana and heroin in 2003 and continued operation until the time Gonzales arrest in April of 2009.
Four family members, including his mother, wife, sister and aunt have been spared jail time despite handling drugs or money, which was used to buy luxury vehicles, jewelry, several homes and the Encore Lounge.
Prosecutors also accused Gonzales of laundering his drug proceeds though his company Soul Providers Management, which was the booking agent for The Clipse.
The brothers were never charged or accused of wrong doing in the case.
Gonzales, who will be sentenced to at least 15 years in prison on January 11, has also agreed to cooperate in an investigation into his suppliers.
Additionally, Gonzales has agreed to the entry of a nine million dollar monetary judgment.