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Video: “Freeway” Rick Ross Talks About Making Millions Off the Drug War

The former 1980's drug lord talks about the rise of crack cocaine, the prison industry in America, and how the drug war made him a rich man.

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If you needed more proof that the war on drugs has been a bust, take it from the expert “Freeway” Rick Ross, a famed 1980′s drug lord who is widely credited with introducing crack cocaine to Los Angeles and, eventually, the rest of the country. In this video from ReasonTV (below), Ross speaks about how the “failed” drug war directly enabled him to make millions of dollars selling crack cocaine.

“Without this artificial price we put on cocaine, I wouldn’t have been selling cocaine,” he says. “You give a kid the opportunity to make a thousand dollars a week rather than being broke, working at McDonald’s, which at that time was $3.50 an hour, which one would he choose?”

Ross was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1996 after trying to buy more than 100 kilograms of cocaine from a federal agent in a sting operation. After a series of interviews, Gary Webb was able to link one of Ross’ drug sources to the CIA, subsequently he was released from prison in 2009.

“The drug war that we’re fighting right now is a total failure,” Ross says. “There’s more drugs on the street of America than ever before.”

Check out the full interview: