Rick Ross, a high-school dropout who was an All-City tennis star, is one of those rare figures whose experience as a drug kingpin led him to a life of rebuilding the community he once helped destroy. His connections to the Iran-Contra scandal were first revealed in a series of articles published by the San Jose Mercury News. Ross appeared in VH1's documentary Planet Rock History of Crack and Hip Hop, and he was featured in an episode of Bet's American Gangster documentary, which focused on his connection to the Contra drug scandal. Recognized as a pawn in the drug game, Ross was a pioneer in the crack cocaine trade in Los Angeles, as well as in other parts of the US, where he harvested millions as an unknowing participant of CIA and US Drug Enforcement Agency operatives who offered him unlimited amounts of cocaine. He teaches an economics class at a Watts high school and regularly speaks to teens across the nation about making better choices in life. While in prison, he taught himself to read and write. His legacy is as an inspirational mentor to people in need rather than the former "Freeway" Ricky Ross as a player in the drug game. He is currently writing a second book, The Freeway Boys. He lives in Long Beach, California, with his wife and children.Read more Read less
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