By Bay City News Service
A Vallejo rapper was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in Las Vegas Thursday on drug trafficking charges, federal prosecutors said.
Michael Lott, who performs under the name "Miami the Most", is alleged to be part of a drug trafficking operation throughout the country, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Authorities said Lott was a close associate of Vallejo rapper Mac Dre, also known as Andre Hicks, who was fatally shot in Kansas City, Mo., eight years ago.
A federal criminal complaint unsealed in April revealed the drug ring was operated by several Vallejo-based rappers and associates of an entertainment label known as "Thizz Entertainment", according to U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner.
In April, federal agents arrested 25 people in Vallejo, Stockton, Fairfield, Oakland, Los Angeles, New York and Oklahoma City, U.S. Attorney's officials said.
Agents seized approximately 45,000 Ecstasy pills, 4 pounds of crack cocaine, a half-pound of heroin and $200,000 in suspected drug proceeds as well as 230 acres of property valued at $1 million, authorities said.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigation uncovered a network of drug distributors in the "Crest" neighborhood of Vallejo that transported drugs outside California, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Lott will be brought to California after an initial court appearance in Las Vegas, U.S. Attorney's officials said.
Bruce Thurmon, who performs as "Little Bruce," and Beshiba Cook are the two remaining fugitives sought by federal law enforcement authorities in the case, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.