Anthony “Geezy” Gonzalez, a man with ties to rap group the Clipse, has been charged with running a $10 million drug ring, according to The Virginia-Pilot.
Gonzalez is believed to be the mastermind behind an illegal operation, allegedly selling close to a ton of marijuana and 100 pounds of cocaine out of his recently closed Virginia Beach night club Encore Lounge for the last six years. Known for its violent atmosphere, the business folded after racking up close to 100 incidents of violence, shootings, drug dealing and disorderly conduct.
In the U.S. District Court’s 82-count indictment, it reads that Gonzalez purchased the club for 80 pounds of marijuana and $40,000 in alleged drug money.
In addition to the drug charges, Gonzalez is being accused of laundering money through his management company, Soul Providers, a company listed as the Clipse’ booking agent on their MySpace page.
Along with Gonzalez, a police officer whose name is unavailable, as well as six others, were charged in the sprawling 60-page indictment.
As of yesterday, authorities were still searching for Gonzalez. Four of the other suspects have already had hearings.
The Clipse were unavailable for comment as of press time. – Elan Mancini