Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Rapper Alfamega's Days as a Gov't Informant Exposed

Another rapper's past is catching up with him.

According to court documents obtained by the Smoking Gun, T.I.'s protégé, rapper Alfamega (born Cedric Zellars), was a "Drug Enforcement Administration informant who snitched out criminal cohorts and testified as a government witness at the trial of an Atlanta heroin trafficker."

Back in 1995 when he was locked up on federal gun charges, Alfamega "agreed to cooperate with authorities and was debriefed" in exchange for a reduced sentence.

"He was debriefed concerning the drug trafficking activities of a Mr. Ali Baaqar," according to a government court filing. During his cooperation against Baaqar, Alfamega met with a DEA agent and a federal prosecutor, and subsequently testified at trial. "Ali Baaqar was convicted of conspiracy to distribute heroin based upon the trial testimony of [Zellars] and others." In return for his snitching, Zellars had 18 months shaved off his prison term when he was re-sentenced in July 1997 by Judge J. Owen Forrester.

Update: T.I. has dropped Alfamega from his label. He released this statement:
"Even though all our artists and employees are asked by us to be honest and open about their past history, at no time did Alfa disclose to me or Grand Hustle what has now appeared in the media. He essentially deceived us by failing to fully disclose the truth about his past, and there is no place in our organization for dishonest and misleading behavior. As I have always said, you must take responsibility for your own actions. We at Grand Hustle can not support or condone the blaming of others for our own mistakes. I hope and pray to God, bless his savings plans, but I don't foresee me or my company playing a role in his personal or professional business."

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