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An Uber Connect driver who feared he was being used as a drug mule, drove a suspicious package directly to a police station.

The driver said the customer was tracking him via the Uber app.

"I had my head on a swivel, because this person can see that I've diverted from the route, and if they know the area — which isn't very far from their house — they can see I'm sitting outside the substation," he told NBC News.

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Uber Connect offers on-demand package delivery for their customers' convenience. But drug traffickers also find the courier service convenient to deliver drugs to their customers who place weed orders at night.

Uber Connect drivers have raised concern that they are being used as "drug mules" by drug dealers.

In an interview with NBC News, six drivers said they were concerned they were being used to transport drugs to "sketchy" parts of town in the middle of the night.

One driver told NBC News he took a package to a police station after he was given an almost empty plastic bag.

"All I could see inside was one little baggy that had two crystallized forms in there," the driver told the outlet. "Immediately, I assumed it was some kind of narcotic."

Uber policy prohibits drivers from transporting illegal drugs, alcohol, medication, or hazardous materials.

But drivers say they don't know what they're delivering - and they worry they may be pulled over by cops.

The packages are required to be securely sealed and drivers are forbidden from opening or looking inside packages, according to Uber's website.

In a statement to NBC News, an Uber spokesperson said: "When we receive this type of report, our global safety team investigates and may take actions ranging from deactivating the relevant account to reporting the issue to law enforcement."

"The misuse of shipping and transportation platforms to deliver illicit drugs is an industry-wide issue, and we will continue partnering with law enforcement to address it," the spokesperson added.

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A jailhouse photo of rapper Fetty Wap surfaced on Instagram Wednesday, Sept. 8.

The picture shows the one-eyed rapper dressed comfortably in a brown jumpsuit while posing with three hard legs.

Fetty, born Willie Maxwell II, is being held in a special unit at a federal facility in Brooklyn while awaiting his sentencing hearing.

Fetty was out on a $500,000 bond when he was arrested on August 8 for allegedly threatening a federal witness during a FaceTime call in December 2021.

Fetty pled guilty to conspiring to distribute cocaine and violating the conditions of his bond.

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"I agreed with other people to distribute cocaine. Guilty," Fetty told Long Island Magistrate Judge Steven Locke who ordered him held without bond.

Fetty faces a minimum of 5 years and a maximum of 40 years in prison when he's sentenced.

Fetty's lawyer Elizabeth Macedonio told the court she was "very concerned about his housing".

But the prosecutor said Fetty Wap is property of the Bureau of Prisons and the US Marshals Service - and only they can approve his transfer to another jail.

Fetty is being held in the same federal facility where washed-up rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was jailed.

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A Detroit man was arrested for dispensing marijuana from a vending machine bolted to the outside wall of his home.

Police say Marcellus Cornwell, 46, earned $2,000 a day dispensing weed out of his vending machine without a license.

The middle aged drug dealer retired from street sales about 4 years ago. He came up with a convenient way to still earn a living wage without leaving home.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the vending machine featured a navigation system with a touch screen, anime characters, and a voice command. It even accepted credit cards and Apple Pay.

Cornwall's enterprise was brought to the attention of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) by neighbors who were fed up with the constant foot traffic.

"If you do this stuff inside a neighborhood, people are going to take notice and they're going to get mad," said an ATF agent.

The feds raided Cornwell's residence and seized the vending machine, 18 firearms, ammunition and bags of marijuana.

According to court documents obtained by the Free Press, Cornwell "owned and operated the marijuana vending machine attached to the residence for four years, making approximately $2,000 per day."

Cornwall is currently out on bond.
 

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Idris Elba (L) confessed he was Dave Chappelle's weed man before finding fame as a drug kingpin on HBO's The Wire.

Idris brought his experience as a petty drug dealer to the critically acclaimed HBO crime drama about the Baltimore drug scene.

During an appearance on The Jess Cagle Show, Idris said selling weed was just one of his side hustles. He was also a DJ spinning records at nightclubs before making it big in Hollywood.

"I did that for a little bit just to help pay the way," the Hedgehog 2 star said. "I DJed quite a bit... [and] I was a doorman at Caroline's Comedy Club."

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Idris said he took advantage of his gig as a doorman at the comedy club to meet comedians who wanted to get high before their gigs.

The British actor told Jess Cagle and co-host, Julia Cunningham, that his celebrity clientele, including Chappelle, were impressed by his manners and his British accent.

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"I meet the comedians [now] that kind of remember the English guy," he says. "Tall English guy with the funny accent and the little hair. David Chappelle remembers me cause he used to buy weed from me! Anyway, moving on."

Idris reminisced about the hit TV show that made him famous as hunky drug lord Russell "Stringer" Bell.

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"Season 1 was sort of like a sleeper hit," he said. "People were like, 'Have you seen this show? It's kind of interesting.' Especially in the African American community, 'cause it was, you know, that first season was centered around the Barksdales in Baltimore. By Season 3, it was up there with The Sopranos as a show that everyone was watching ... People continue to discover it to this day."
 

 

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A suspect has been charged in the execution-style murder of former Harlem drug kingpin Alberto "Alpo" Martinez last year.

Shakeem Parker, 27, was already in custody on Riker's Island on an unrelated gun charge when detectives received a tip that he killed Martinez.

"Detectives gathered information that he was the shooter," a police spokesman said.
 
RELATED: Former Harlem drug kingpin, Alpo, killed in drive-by shooting
 
Martinez, 55, was shot and killed as he left a nightclub in a red Dodge Ram pickup truck at 3:20 a.m. on Halloween night.

Martinez was shot six times in his left arm, once in his chest, and a bullet grazed his chin, sources told The NY Daily News.

Alpo's ID was in the name he used in the witness protection program -- Abraham Rodriguez.

Photos show his bullet-riddled truck at the corner of Frederick Douglass Boulevard at West 151st Street — directly across from a Harlem police precinct.

Parker was charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, according to The News.

Alpo Martinez was placed in the witness protection program following his release from Supermax prison in Colorado in 2015.

He received his get-out-of-prison card after he snitched on rival drug bosses to avoid a life sentence in prison.

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Authorities say Martinez lived in Lewiston, Maine, but he often visited his East Harlem stomping grounds where he was born and raised.

Martinez was portrayed by the rapper Cam'ron in the 2002 film, "Paid in Full."

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Drug kingpin Fetty Wap was released on $500,000 secured bond on Friday, following his arrest on federal drug trafficking charges.

The 30-year-old rapper left the jail wearing a tracksuit with a grey hoodie pulled over his head in Central Islip, NY on Friday. He was carrying a black trash bag and wearing a face mask.

Pictures taken outside the jail show Fetty wearing a GPS monitor on his left ankle. He was accompanied by his sister Divinity Maxwell and he held hands with his girlfriend as he left the jail.

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Fetty, born William Junior Maxwell II, was arrested Thursday, Oct. 28, ahead of his performance at the Rolling Loud Music Festival in New York.

He is ordered to undergo random drug tests while out on bond and he must surrender his passport. Fetty will be allowed to travel if he gets permission, according to MSN News.

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Fetty and five other individuals, including a corrections officer, are charged with "conspiring to distribute and possess controlled substances" including cocaine, heroin and fentanyl.

The U.S. Attorney's Office called Fetty Wap "a kilogram-level redistributor for the trafficking organization," according to a press release.

He is accused of using private jets and the US Postal Service to transport mass quantities of drugs from California to the New York and New Jersey areas.

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The Suffolk County DA's Office released photos of drugs, cash in clear bags, firearms, and disposable cell phones seized from the rapper and his five associates. The haul included 16 kilos of cocaine, 2 kilos of heroin, hundreds of fentanyl pills, 5 guns, and around $1.5 million in cash.

"The fact that we arrested a chart-topping rap artist and a corrections officer as part of the conspiracy illustrates just how vile the drug trade has become," said Michael J. Driscoll, assistant director-in-charge at the New York Field Office of the FBI.

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Alberto "Alpo" Martinez was living under a new name in the federal witness protection program in Maine when he was killed in Harlem, NY early Sunday.

Martinez, 55, was shot multiple times as he sat in his 2017 Dodge Ram on the corner of Frederick Douglass Boulevard and West 147th Street, across from a Harlem police precinct.

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The former drug kingpin had just left a nightclub in Harlem at 3:20 a.m. when a vehicle drove alongside his truck and someone inside the vehicle opened fire.

His body was found inside the truck at 3:24 a.m. with multiple gunshot wounds in his upper torso.

The truck had paper plates from Texas. His ID was in the name he used in the witness protection program -- Abraham Rodriguez.

Authorities say he lived in Lewiston, Maine, but he often visited his East Harlem stomping grounds where he was born and raised by his single mother.

Martinez was a notorious drug dealer and convicted murderer who served 25 years of a 35-year sentence in a supermax prison in Colorado.

He confessed to 14 murders and turned government informant to help convict nearly 300 street level drug dealers in New York and Washington, DC.

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Martinez was released from a supermax prison in 2015 and went into the witness protection program.

A police source told the NY Post Martinez should not have returned to Harlem.

"You were in the witness protection program because you testified against other drug dealers," he said. "You'd made a lot of enemies who have a score to settle. When you return to the same area, word will get out very fast. He's back in the zone."

Rapper Cam'Ron played Martinez in the 2002 movie "Paid in Full." The film was produced by rapper Jay Z, Damon Dash and Roc-A-Fella Films.

Jay Z, Nas and 50 Cent have all recorded rap songs referencing Martinez.

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On Nov. 16, 2019, Martinez posted an Instagram photo of a young Jay Z adorned in gold jewelry. He captioned the image:

"I'm proud Sean was able to make that transition out the streets and into music.. a billion clean.. no one ever thought hip hop could acclimate that kind of money back then.. a lot of these dude got rich telling our stories."

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Notorious Harlem drug kingpin Alberto "Alpo" Martinez was reportedly killed in a drive-by shooting in Harlem, NY early Sunday.

Alpo, 55, was released from a supermax prison in Colorado in 2015 after serving 24 years of a 35-year sentence for 14 counts of murder.

According to Vice TV, Alpo was released from prison in a little-known federal prison witness protection program called "cheese factories."

He reportedly turned federal informant and was responsible for sending many street level drug dealers to prison.

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Alpo was once considered a hero to Harlem residents who looked to him for Thanksgiving turkey giveaways and for protection from rival drug dealers.

But his admirers turned on him after he murdered drug rival Rich Porter in 1990. Porter was reportedly a blood relative of the late socialite Kim Porter. Alpo later apologized to the Porter family.
 
READ ALSO: Faizon Love hints at working with drug kingpin Alpo
 
Alpo was born and raised by his single mother in East Harlem. He spent summers with a white family as part of NYC's Fresh Air Fun program. He began selling drugs at age 13 and eventually became one of the top drug dealers in NYC by age 16.

Alpo was portrayed by rapper and actor Cam'ron in the 2002 film Paid In Full and he was name-dropped in many rap songs including Nas's "Memory Lane" and Jay-Z's "La Familia."

Watch Traumaz TV's documentary about Alpo below.
 

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The Polk County Sheriff is going viral after he donned gold chains owned by drug dealers who are now in the county jail.

Sheriff Grady Judd held a press conference this week to announce the arrests of 32 people connected to a drug trafficking operation.

Authorities seized narcotics with a street value of $283,000, $88,000 in cash, and $89,000 worth of jewelry in the sting operation that spanned 16 months.

Judd said law enforcement arrested 29 drug traffickers and issued arrest warrants for three others who are still at large.

"You can go ahead and turn yourself in or you can go to jail tired from running, but you're gonna go to jail," Sheriff Judd said, referring to the three fugitives.

Judd picked up several gold chains and wore them around is neck while taunting the jailed drug dealers.

"That's right, they thought they were cool. How cool are you today?" He said, while holding mugshots of two of the dealers.

"Can y'all make up a rap song about this? Well, I'll help you out. You see, we got your gold. We put your tail in the county jail. Think about that, brothas."

 

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Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren denied any wrongdoing after her husband was arrested on drug trafficking charges Wednesday.

Timothy Granison, 43, was arrested during a raid of the couple's Rochester home as part of a months long drug trafficking sting.

Troopers sealed off the block around the mayor's home as police carried boxes and bags of evidence out of the home.

Seven others were also arrested and agents seized 2 kg of cocaine worth $60,000, three firearm, a rifle and $100,000 in cash.

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Granison pleaded not guilty on Wednesday and was released without bail pending his next court hearing, the Dailymail.com reports.

Granison is no stranger to law enforcement. In 1997, when he was 17, he was arrested for his role in a jewelry store robbery. He was placed on probation for five years.

New York State Police Major Barry Chase said he hoped to interview the mayor as part of the investigation. However, the mayor's office is not responding to their calls.

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In a press conference on Thursday, a somber Mayor Warren insisted she has "done nothing wrong" and she lashed out at police for the "highly suspicious" timing of her husband's arrest.

The mayor insisted she and Granison have been separated "for many years," but they are roommates who still live in the home that was raided.

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The former couple share a 10-year-old daughter, Taylor, who was at home alone when state police took the front door off its hinges during the raid.

Warren, a Democrat, was indicted for campaign fraud last October. She is currently in the middle of a reelection campaign for a third term as mayor.

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Legendary hip-hop artist Melle Mel explained why he said old skool rapper Jay Z is "overrated".

Mel clarified his statement that Jay Z, 51, is overrated during a sit-down interview with VladTV this week.

"I think a lot of rappers are overrated. Yeah," said Mel, before adding that guys like Jay Z quickly forget where they came from.

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"[T]he main problem I have with dudes like that, with a lot of these dudes, when you made it, you made it. Now you out. Forget the street guy act. You're not street like that. I'm not even a street guy, I'm a hood n***a. I'm not a street n***a 'cause I know I'm not gon' be out on the street like that. And then, to take it a step further, these guys live in the big houses, they live in the best neighborhoods, there ain't no street dudes around, but you're gonna have this street dude thinking that being on the street is the right thing to do and the right person to be? You gotta give the people that's left in the hood something to hold onto to make it out of the hood."

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Mel said Jay Z and other rappers promote a system to keep Black kids down in the 'hood while rappers move to the suburbs.

"A lot of this hip-hop sh*t made the ghetto permanent. You ain't supposed to stay there like that. That's why I say a lot of them is overrated because what they're doing is they're selling a product and then after the product is sold, now they're still thinking they got product to sell. And they don't. You live a nice life. Their kids are never going to see the inside of a jail or the inside of a public school, thank god."

Watch Melle Mel's interview below.
 

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A new prison photo of legendary cocaine kingpin Big Meech surfaced online on Friday.

The photo shows Meech, center, wearing a tank top and shorts while surrounded by hard legs on the prison courtyard

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Although he looks buff and healthy in the photo, the Detroit News reported that Big Meech, 52, suffers from various ailments including hypertension and cardiac problems.

The Black Mafia Family leader, real name Demetrius Edward Flenory, and his brother Terry "Southwest T" Flenory began selling cocaine on the streets of Detroit during their high school years in the late 1980s.

The brothers expanded their drug operation and established cocaine distribution rings in numerous U.S. states.

A two-year federal investigation began after Meech and Terry began to feud over Meech's flashy lifestyle. Terry moved to California and establishing his own drug organization.

In November 2007, the brothers pleaded guilty to running a continuing criminal enterprise. They were sentenced to 30 years in prison each.

Terry was granted an early release in 2020 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Meech was denied early release and is serving out his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan, Oregon.

He is scheduled for release on May 5, 2032, around his 64th birthday.
 

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Gucci Mane's artist Ralo is heading back to jail after a judge revoked his bond for using an Apple Watch to arrange drug deals while behind bars.

Ralo, real name Terrell Davis, was arrested in 2018 and charged with illegal possession of a firearm and intent to distribute marijuana with a street value of $1 million.

A judge denied Ralo's bond in 2018 when the feds presented evidence that he was still running his drug empire from his prison cell, according to 11 Alive News.

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In July, Ralo was granted $250,000 bond, but a judge revoked his bond after the government presented evidence that he used an Apple watch to arrange drug deals from his jail cell.

According to the affidavit, Ralo and his co-conspirators continued to engage in illegal drug activity while he was incarcerated at Dayton Detention Center in April 2019.

The evidence shows Ralo "refused to abide the conditions of his confinement by obtaining and possessing the contraband watch."

The court noted that Ralo communicated with Antoinette Potts, the mother of his three children, to further his drug activity while behind bars.

Law officials obtained two handwritten documents seized from a purse that belongs to Potts. The notes explained in code where to locate "certain assets (including money), directed her how to spend or collect money, and instructed her as to the distribution of controlled substances."

One note told Potts to "save up every dollar you receive from grandma" and "keep count of all the kids at dad house an grandma house so you can know how much you got at all times (sic)."

The notes suggest the use of the code word "kids" as well as "cups," "half," "grams," "8 balls" and "all." There was also a list of prices under the name "kidz."

Ralo signed to Gucci Mane's 1017 record imprint and his own Famerica Records. His single, "Can't Lie" featuring rapper Future, was released in 2015.

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Former NBA star Stephon Marbury (left) is not a fan of fellow Brooklyn native Jay Z.

In a recent interview, Marbury (pictured in 2001 with his daughter, Xaviera) explained his ongoing beef with the husband of Beyonce Knowles.

In an interview with Heavy.com, Marbury, 43, said Jay Z sold drugs to pregnant women and created crack babies who are causing most of the crime in the inner cities.

Marbury is baffled that the aging rapper was never forced to take responsibility for his past behavior.

"I look at Jay-Z and I say, 'Wow, here you are trying to be something that you're not. You're not an advocate for Black people, you sold drugs to Black people and you rapped about it and talked about it.

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"How do you do that? Like, I'm trying to figure that part out; like, you can't make that right. This ain't snitching, this ain't telling on nobody, you told on yourself already... You sold drugs to people where you're from Jay-Z in Brooklyn in Marcy [Projects], you got them on crack — whatever it is cocaine whatever it is that you were selling to them. Whatever you say you was ‘cooking up’, that’s what you did."

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Some say Jay Z redeemed himself when he married then-pop superstar Beyonce. The 50-year-old rap mogul carefully cultivated his public image by donating to charitable causes and speaking out against police brutality and the criminal justice system.

But Marbury says Jay Z is a fraud masquerading as the Black community's savior.

"So now, you got your people high, you sold drugs to people that was pregnant now you created crack babies — these same babies that are going out killing grandparents … I'm confused. But that's what it is. That's what happened."

Why does Marbury harbor so much hate for Jay Z? He hints that Jay Z may have set him up to get robbed. Two gunmen stole his $150,000 diamond studded chain while his car was stopped at a traffic light.

Jay Z later dissed Marbury in a track on the Bad Boys II soundtrack in 2003, titled "La-La-La (Excuse Me Miss Again)."

The track - a remix to Jay Z's "Excuse Me Miss" - includes the lyrics:

"Pink diamond necklace, strawberry wrist/Please excuse yourself, you're very sick/Don't confuse me with Marbury out this bi***/Run up on me at the light, you could lose your life."

Marbury recalls where he was the first time he heard the track.

"I was in Atlanta,” he told Brandon 'Scoop B' Robinson. "I was in Atlanta inside of a club and when I heard it, I knew exactly what it was about."
 

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A Minneapolis realtor was abducted and murdered by a drug dealer in retaliation for a dispute he had with her boyfriend.

Police say Monique Baugh, a 28-year-old mother of two, was shot and killed in an alleyway on Jan. 1, 2020.

Baugh, a real estate agent, was lured to an empty Maple Grove home under the pretense of showing the house on New Year's Day.

Two men rented a U-Haul truck for a friend Cedric Berry, a drug dealer who paid them in heroin.

Surveillance video from across the street shows Baugh arrive and park at the home around 3 p.m. in a black BMW. She was seen going inside the house to prepare for the showing.

According to an affidavit, the U-Haul passed the house and a person was seen walking into the home.

The U-Haul then pulled up to the house and backed up to the garage doors. Two men were seen walking out of the garage "and appeared to be closely, if not forcibly, holding onto a third person," according to the affidavit.

Two people were seen getting into the back of the U-Haul at about 3:20 p.m., and a third person drove it away. Police later found Baugh's BMW still parked at the empty Maple Grove house.

The U-Haul was abandoned in an alley where Baugh's body was found. The truck "smelled strongly of ammonia," according to the complaint.

The U-Haul truck was traced to the men who rented it, and they gave up Berry's name. Berry was arrested on Jan. 2.

A search warrant was executed on Berry's vehicle. Police found 13 bags of marijuana. And a black mask.

Berry was charged with kidnapping and second-degree murder in Baugh's death. Baugh's boyfriend, a rival drug dealer, was also shot on New Year's Day, but he survived the shooting.

Berry is also charged with second-degree murder for attempting to kill Baugh's boyfriend, the father of her two children.

The boyfriend told police a man entered his home using a key, and shot him several times in the torso. The children, ages 1 and 3, were inside the home at the time. They were not injured.

A GofundMe account created to help Baugh's children raised over $30,000 in donations.