News: Alfamega Arrested On Felony Gun Charges & Attempted Escape, Faces 10 Years In Prison
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 12:05AM
Former Grand Hustle rapper Cedric "Alfamega" Zellars was recently arrested on felony gun and obstruction charges after an altercation with Georgia police late last month.
The 36 year-old was reportedly locked up upon learning of his dismissal from Grand Hustle by T.I. last week.
He was arrested Wednesday (April 29) and according to an Atlanta Police Department report, police found a stolen .40 caliber pistol in Zellars's SUV during a search of the vehicle following a traffic stop (the Sig Sauer handgun was loaded and had a round in the chamber). After cops discovered the gun, Zellars became "combative and non-compliant" and sought to flee. Officer Antonio Blasini pepper sprayed Zellars in the face, but the substance "had no immediate effect." Cops chased Zellars to a nearby parking garage, where he was struck with a police baton, again to no effect. In a bid to shake his pursuers, Zellars weaved through parked cars and climbed over the garage wall, jumping "25-30 feet to the ground." Zellars was booked into a Fulton County jail, where he remained until Saturday (May 9) when he made bail. Zellars, a predicate felon, has yet to be indicted on the gun and obstruction charges. However, if the gun case were to be handled by federal prosecutors, Zellars could easily be facing more than a decade in prison. (The Smoking Gun)
Tip recently claimed he and his company were not aware of Alfa's past history as an informant.
"Even though all of our artists and employees are asked by us to be honest and open about their past history at no time did Alfa disclose to me or Grand Hustle what has now appeared in the media. He essentially deceived us by failing to fully disclose the truth about his past and there is no place in our organization for dishonest and misleading behavior. As I've always said, you must take responsibility for your own actions, we at Grand Hustle do not support or condone blaming others for our own mistakes. I hope and pray to god bless his financial plans but I do not foresee me or my company playing the role of his personal or professional business." (Statement)
Prior to Tip, DJ Drama said the Grand Hustle CEO would address the actions of Alfa to the media.
"I spoke to Tip about it and Tip is definitely preparing to speak to the media about the situation," Drama explained in an interview. "And as boss man, I would definitely honor him to make a statement before I make a statement, but there's definitely a consensus among [Grand Hustle]...When you put yourself as a public figure and you put yourself out there to represent one thing and it comes out that you represent the opposite, the public has the right to be aware of that...We all know hip-hop is about being true to yourself and being true to your name. Ice Cube said it a long time ago -- it's about being real with yourself whoever you may be." (XXL Mag)
Records leaked online last week which showed Alfamega worked as a DEA informant.
Court records show he began working with law enforcement officials after he was sentenced in September 1995 to 110 months in a federal gun case. During his cooperation, Zellars met with a DEA agent and a federal prosecutor, and subsequently testified at trial. In return for his help, Zellars had 18 months shaved off his prison term when he was resentenced in July 1997. (SOHH)
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