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‘Freeway’ Ricky Ross, Former L.A. Drug Kingpin, Arrested in Sonoma County

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"Freeway" Ricky Ross is shown during a jailhouse interview at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in San Diego in October 1996. (Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

A former Los Angeles crack cocaine kingpin “Freeway” Ricky Ross was arrested this week in Sonoma County on suspicion of possessing money related to the sale of a controlled substance, authorities said.

A law enforcement official told the Los Angeles Times that Ross was carrying more than $100,000.

Ross, who authorities say was a major player in the crack trade in South Los Angeles in the 1990s, was also arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit a crime, according to a

arrest log. He is no longer in custody, according to Sonoma County sheriff’s jail records.

Ross’ management team did not immediately return requests for a comment.

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