News: The Clipse Ex-Manager Pleads Guilty To Drug Trafficking, Faces 15 Years In Prison
Thursday, Oct 8, 2009 10:30AM
The Clipse's former manager Anthony "Geezy" Gonzalez has reportedly pleaded guilty and admitted to drug trafficking charges this week.
Details surrounding his guilty plea deal with prosecutors have landed online.
Drug kingpin Anthony Gonzalez struck an unusual deal with federal prosecutors Tuesday: In exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors promised not to charge four family members in the $10 million drug conspiracy that Gonzalez oversaw. He admitted to distributing more than a half-ton of cocaine and nearly a ton of marijuana over the past five years until his arrest in April. He and his associates traveled to Florida, the Southwest and even to Panama to obtain the drugs. Gonzalez admitted in court that he led the organization "in a very careful and deliberative manner," according to a statement of facts he signed in court. Prosecutors have agreed not to charge Gonzalez's wife, Davon Gonzalez; his mother, Sandra Gregory; his sister, Shana Gregory; and his aunt, Sherry Ann Wilson, the plea agreement says. (The Virginian Pilot)
The rap duo's former manager was one of seven individuals indicted on multiple drug charges last April.
The suspects include the owner of a former club that allegedly served as the drug ring's base. They are charged with distributing more than a ton of marijuana and more than 100 pounds of cocaine. An unidentified police officer is listed in the indictment as a co-conspirator. According to the indictment, the officer fed information about the ongoing investigation to the club's owner. (Daily Press)
He was accused of laundering money through management companies associated with The Clipse.
According to the 82-count indictment, the suspects sold drugs in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Hampton, and other states plus in Central America. Gonzalez and the other suspects allegedly laundered their drug money through different companies they created, and that they presented themselves as rappers, clothing designers and club owners. Companies included Soul Providers Management, Soul Providers Entertainment, D&A Trucking and the nightclub. Soul Providers Management is listed as the booking agent for Clipse on Clipse's MySpace page. (WAVY News)
With recorded conversations originally set to be used against him, Geezy was also accused of making extensive drug purchases.
He oversaw some of the biggest drug shipments while underlings traveled the country making smaller deals, the indictment says. In one transaction, Gonzalez is accused of purchasing 625 pounds of marijuana for $540,000 in May 2007 from a supplier in Arizona. In another, he's accused of buying 10 kilos of cocaine for $200,000. Gonzalez had been the manager of the rappers Clipse at least through 2006, according to news reports. Clipse is brothers Pusha T and Malice - Terrence and Gene Thornton - from Virginia Beach. (Hampton Roads)