Vallejo Based Rap Label Allegedly at Center of Major Drug Ring

By: Brian Shields - Tue, 24 Apr 2012 18:52:44 -0800

VALLEJO (KRON) -- Several Vallejo based rappers associated with the record label "Thizz Entertainment" are facing federal narcotics charges after a major investigation that spread as far from the Bay Area as New York and Oklahoma.

Authorities have arrested 25 people in Vallejo, Stockton, Fairfield, Oakland, L.A., New York and Oklahoma City.

Investigators say many of those arrested performed as rappers for the label which was centered in Vallejo's Crest neighborhood.

 “This is another example of partnership that exists between the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Vallejo Police Department to improve the safety of our community and reduce the level of violence associated with drug dealing, Vallejo police chief Robert Nichelini said in a written statement.  "We appreciate the efforts of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California in coordinating the investigation and prosecuting the persons involved in such a complex and dangerous criminal enterprise.”

Among those taken into custody were Michael Lott who performs under the name "Miami the Most", Gaylord Franklin who raps as "Geezy", Major Norton known to fans as "Dubee" and Bruce Thorton aka "Little Bruce."

Prosecutors say the suspects distributed MDMA (ecstacy) , cocaine, cocaine base, heroin, Oxycodone, and marijuana to the East Coast and Oklahoma City.  This was in addition to alleged drug dealing in the Bay Area.

Federal officials say there are ties between "Thizz Entertainment" and "The Romper Room Gang" which allegedly operated a criminal conspiracy out of Vallejo in the 80's and 90's.

Authorities say the name "Thizz Entertainment" comes from a slang expression for being high on MDMA.  

The Sacramento office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Vallejo Police Department, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, and the Sacramento FBI Safe Streets Task Force all took part in the investigation.  If convicted the suspects face longer prison sentences under federal law than they would if charged in the state system, prosecutors say.

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