Ricky James Brascom, a friend of Justin Timberlake and P Diddy, allegedly used chartered jets to smuggle hundreds of pounds of cocaine and millions of dollars in drug money. Christine Pelisek talks to investigators.
Ricky James Brascom was living the high life. As the CEO of Behind da Scenes Entertainment, he was well-known in the rap industry, and regularly hobnobbed with celebrities. He had recently shot a video with P Diddy and was a guest at Justin Timberlake’s birthday party in Las Vegas.
Dwight Ransom Jr., also of Behind Da Scenes Entertainment In October, the 28-year-old music executive, who went by the nickname DP, bought a beautiful home in a gated community in L.A.’s Woodland Hills. One of his neighbors was Dr. Dre. He drove around in a $250,000 2010 Aston Martin Rapides and a 2009 BMW 750 Li.
He bought his girlfriend a 2008 Mercedes CL63 AMG. His MySpace page says that Brascom started Behind da Scenes Entertainment in February of this year. He lists his band members as himself, Ransom, and Embryo.
Marlon Parris allegedly accompanied a shipment of cocaine.
“Because of the fact he had a lot of money, he got to live in the world the rest of us don’t live in,” says Assistant U.S. Attorney Rob B. Villeza.
The shipments were flown out of Van Nuys Airport, Ontario International Airport, and LAX by Los Angeles pilot Leonardo Concepcion, who was employed by Star Jet. Concepcion was also named in the indictment.
“They were using the smaller model planes that don’t require a crew,” he says. “The coke was flown in suitcases.” Villeza says the men would pull their limousines up to the plane and load their suitcases on the plane without any scrutiny.
“Because of the fact he had a lot of money, he got to live in the world the rest of us don’t live in.”
“There are no security measures that will examine or inspect what is in your luggage,” adds Villeza. “Charter jets are really expensive. It can range from $20,000 to 50,000 a flight, depending on the flight. But if you are flying cocaine worth millions of dollars, and your profit is substantially more than $50,000, you might determine it is a wise investment.”
During a six-week period, the ring moved more than 390 kilograms of cocaine, and over $4 million in drug cash, according to court docu*ents. During that time, federal law-enforcement authorities intercepted 298 kilograms of cocaine and $1.1 million. Source
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