Employees at the record label of the late Bay Area rapper Mac Dre have been arrested for involvement in a nationwide ecstasy ring, reports AllHipHop.com.
Police nabbed more than 25 people affiliated with Thizz Entertainment in a mass sting connected to a multi-million dollar operation. Although it is unclear how the police were tipped off about the behind-the-scenes dealings of the company, the name of the label should've been a hint. The term "thizz" literally means to take ecstasy or to be under the influence of ecstasy and the founder of the label, the Bay Area's Mac Dre, is responsible for popularizing the "hyphy movement" in Northern California, which promoted "thizzing."
The DEA seized more than 45,000 ecstasy pills, four pounds of crack, a half a pound of heroin and $200,000 in suspected drug money.
Police said the profit from the drug sales were used to finance the label.
"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 told AllHipHop.com in a statement released yesterday (April 24).
"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," Chief Nichelini said.
Mac Dre was shot and killed in 2004 allegedly by a rival rapper. He was featured in an episode of American Gangster for his alleged association with the Romper Room Gang, a group which robbed banks and pizza parlors, but Dre claimed no association with the crew despite referencing "romper room" repeatedly in his lyrics.
Drake recently invoked the memory of Mac Dre by sampling one of his beats for his recent hit "The Motto."
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