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BET's new documentary series takes a look at the life and times of notorious Black criminals.
Name: "Freeway" Ricky Ross
Region: South Central L.A.
Sentence: 18 yrs.
Was Ricky Ross a pawn in an international drug ring, or was he the mastermind?
American Gangster: 'Freeway' Ricky Ross
Ricky Ross didn’t invent crack coc aine, and he wasn’t the first to market it. But once he got started, Ross became the most famous dealer in south central L.A., eventually expanding his base into a coast-to-coast conglomerate that sold a half-million rocks a day. His illicit operations eventually shed grim light on the policies of local police, the CIA, and the administration of President Ronald Reagan.