It seems like everyone wants to be a rapper these days… even the police.
According to All Hip Hop, federal agents set up a sting operation “that lasted one year and resulted in 70 arrests and the confiscation of 161 weapons and $7.2 million in drugs,” according to the Washington D.C. Police and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms.
To make the arrest, federal agents impersonated a fictional rapper and even his industry partners.
BET reports that “officers went undercover as ‘music industry insiders.’” They then set up a label called “the Manic Enterprises studio as the home base of fictional rapper Richi Valdez and sought to purchase weapons and drugs via the streets and black market.”
“If these drugs and guns had made it to our streets, the impact would have been devastating to community,” Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier explained in a press release that was released on Monday.
“This was an extremely dangerous operation,” she continued.
“These suspects had bragged about other violent crimes they had committed and had no qualms about killing police officers, guards and other innocent people,” the Chief added. “All the law enforcement members involved in this operation are to be commended for their bravery.”
The fake label was located in a rowhouse in Northeast Washington. That’s where “the recording studio was monitored by hidden audio and video equipment as the undercover officers made black market deals.”
“At one point the investigation went so deep that it led authorities to Atlanta to meet with alleged affiliates of the infamous Mexican drug cartel ‘La Familia’,” the report continued.
“These investigations have proven very effective in targeting criminals and keeping drugs and guns off our community’s streets,” US Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. said.
“The US Attorney’s Office is committed to working with our law enforcement partners and the citizens of the District of Columbia to bringing those who traffic in narcotics and firearms to justice.”