is the true story of Rayful Edmond III, known as the 'King Of Cocaine.'
At his peak, he sold 2,000 kilos a week and reaped gross profits of $70
million dollars per month. His empire included 150 soldiers.
lived a lavish lifestyle. He often flew to Las Vegas to gamble and New
York and Los Angeles to shop. He spent $150,000 on shopping sprees.
1987, this 22-year old man was responsible for distributing 90 percent
of Columbian cocaine onto the streets of Washington, D.C. and his gang was suspected
of 40 murders.
Edmond, III, born in 1965, (pictured above, top photo) was a notorious drug
kingpin who is largely responsible for introducing crack cocaine into Washington,
D.C. At his peak, Edmond sold 2,000 kiloís a week, worth 10ís of millions
controlled as much of 90 percent of the D.C. drug trade in the mid-late 80's
and he had drug connections with Columbian drug lords.
spent six figures on cars, travel, bling and clothes. He once spent more
than $457,619.00 in an exclusive Georgetown store (Linea Pitti) owned by Charles
Wynn who would later be convicted on 34 counts of money laundering for the Edmond
gang. The shop specialized in expensive Italian menís clothing from 1987-1988.
was often seen around town in expensive cars: Mercedesís, BMWís and Ferrariís.
gang tried to murder pastor Rev. Bynum, who was shot 12 times during an anti-drug
rally in his Orleans Place neighborhood where the Edmond gang sold large amounts
of drugs, up to $80,000 per day.
was arrested in 1989 at the age of 24. His arrest and trial were widely
covered by local and national media. Fearful of reprisals from members
of Edmondís gang, unprecedented security was imposed during the trial. Despite heavy security, some witnesses who were scheduled to appear at the trial
were mysteriously murdered.
were kept anonymous and the jurorís seating area was enclosed in bulletproof
glass for the duration of the trial.
was flown in by helicopter daily for his trial. Edmond would be convicted
and sentenced to life in prison.
mother (Constance ďBootiseĒ Perry) and several sisters and cousins were sentenced
to 14 years in prison for participating in his criminal enterprise.
than a month after entering Lewisburg Prison, a telephone monitor recorded Edmond
making drug deals from prison.
was never punished for any of these telephone calls, despite the fact that many
of Edmondís calls from prison were three-way calls that are prohibited under
1991, a former police informant contacted the FBI to report that Edmond was
dealing cocaine from prison.
FBI learned that Edmond was arranging drug deals from prison through Columbian
suppliers that he met in prison. One of these former inmates was Osvaldo Trujillo-Blanco,
who upon release from Lewisburg had become Edmondís main drug supplier.
1992, Trujillo-Blanco was assassinated in Columbia, cutting off Edmondís supply
of cocaine. The FBI suspended its investigation of Edmond.
1994, an inmate told the FBI that Edmond was continuing to broker cocaine deals
from prison involving Washington area cocaine dealers.
extensive investigation and the seizure of a multi-kilogram cocaine shipment
near Newark airport, the FBI requested that Edmond be removed from the general
held in temporary segregation, the FBI searched Edmondís cell and found evidence
of drug trafficking.
confronted with the evidence, Edmond offered to cooperate with law enforcement
officials in order to secure his motherís release from prison.
was returned to the general population. His cooperation resulted in numerous
indictments and convictions of drug traffickers, including the indictment of
six people in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and the arrests of ten others in Washington.
he is still incarcerated, Edmond is now part of the witness protection program
and his location is unknown.
Wikipedia.com, the Dept. Of Justice ( www.doj.com
) and ďThe Life of Rayful Edmond: The Rise and Fall, Vol. 1.Ē