Freeway Rick Ross Lands TV Series Based On His Life
Freeway Rick Ross (real name Ricky Donnell “Freeway Rick” Ross) has landed a TV series based on his life. The drama will be produced by Power exec producers George Furla and Randall Emmett and will be based on Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold Autobiography. Emmett/Furla/Oasis Co-CEOs Randall Emmett and George Furla will be exec producers alongside Lost Lane Entertainment’s Zachery Ty Bryan.
Ross is an author and convicted drug trafficker best known for the drug empire he established in Los Angeles, California, in the early to mid 1980s. He was sentenced to life in prison, though the sentence was shortened on appeal and Ross was released in 2009. According to reports, “Between 1982 and 1989, federal prosecutors estimated, Ross bought and resold several metric tons of cocaine,” with Ross’ gross revenue claimed to be more than $900 million and profits of almost $300 million ($900 million in 2017). During the height of his drug dealing, Ross was said to have sold “$3 million in one day.” According to the Oakland Tribune, “In the course of his rise, prosecutors estimate that Ross exported several tons of cocaine to New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, and made more than $600 million between 1983 and 1984.”
In 1996, Ross was sentenced to life imprisonment under the three-strikes law after being convicted for purchasing more than 100 kilograms of cocaine from a federal agent in a sting operation. Later that year, a series of articles by journalist Gary Webb in the San Jose Mercury News revealed a connection between one of Ross’s cocaine sources, Danilo Blandón, and the CIA as part of the Iran-Contra scandal. Having learned to read at the age of 28, during his first stint in prison, Ross spent much of his time behind bars studying the law. He eventually discovered a legal loophole that would lead to his release. Ross’s case was brought to a federal court of appeals which found that the three-strikes law had been erroneously applied and reduced his sentence to 20 years. He was released from Federal Correctional Institution, Texarkana on September 29, 2009.
No additional details about his TV series have been released.