*(Via Yahoo News) – A notorious drug dealer who got his start during the crack epidemic of the 1980s and was so good at hiding his whereabouts that he was known as “the ghost” has been arrested along with dozens of others on new charges, police and prosecutors said Thursday.
James Corley, 51, was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and other drug charges after a 15-month undercover investigation that used wiretaps and surveillance, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.
Forty-four other people were also charged with drug crimes in the dismantling of Corley’s operation, known as the Supreme Team, and another drug gang, authorities said.
Corley supplied cocaine to a second gang called the South Side Bloods, and low-level dealers grossed about $15,000 a week in drug sales, Kelly said. Burned by a wiretap before, Corley used at least eight different phones, authorities said.
*Nelly came clean on VH1’s “Behind the Music” on this past Monday’s episode. The St. Louis rapper admitted to being a teenage drug dealer (marijuana, cocaine and more) and taking his baby daughter at the time with him to make deals.
“Sometimes I would ride with my daughter in the car to go make transactions. A couple of times, me, her and my baby mother would be in the car and we would be ridin’ dirty… I was very naive.”
In striving to keep his baby fed and money in his pocket, he eventually added robbery to his list of illegal entrepreneurial occupations.
At times, things did get dangerous. He said once a victim tried to escape, forcing Nelly to fire his gun twice at the man’s vehicle as it sped off.
“I walked the guy over to the truck, because I wanted everything that was in the truck as well. The guy slammed the door so I kinda bag up (grab the stolen items) and I hit (shoot at) the door, pow pow, the guy pulls off. I didn’t know if I’d hit him, I didn’t know what had happened, hopefully my aim’s terrible as hell and the best thing I did was hit his door, because I think of what my life could be right now. Oh my goodness.”
*The FBI called her “Queen Pin.” Jemeker Hairston ruled the tough streets of South Central L.A.
“I didn’t play when it came to delivering my drugs and getting my money,” Jemeker says. “I was serious about the game.”
Jemeker was obsessed with power and control, something she picked up as a young girl.
“I was in the fourth grade, so probably about eight, nine years old. One day I came home and we were evicted from our home. I quite didn’t understand what was going on, but I knew that it wasn’t right. I just know that we were put out and had to stay in a motel.”
But Jemeker wanted a better life for herself and asked to live with her grandmother in Mississippi. Her mom agreed and scraped together enough money for a plane ticket. She lived there for six years and didn’t return to L.A. until she was 14. It wasn’t long before she met Daff.
*A South Carolina sheriff dealt drugs from his police SUV and when state and federal agents gave him a list of possible drug dealers in his county, he immediately started calling to tip them off or extort money to get them off the list, according to the FBI.
The FBI tapped then-Lee County Sheriff E.J. Melvin’s phone starting in March, and caught him saying he was going to arrange for a traffic stop on a drug dealer, take some of the cocaine he expected to find for himself and use the rest as evidence, according to a sworn statement from an FBI agent released Monday.
Melvin was arrested Saturday and remained in jail Monday after a preliminary hearing. Melvin resigned his office the day he was arrested. A spokesman said Gov. Mark Sanford will appoint an interim sheriff.
Melvin and six others were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of powder cocaine and 50 grams or more of crack cocaine. If convicted, the former sheriff faces a mandatory 10 years in prison and could face up to life behind bars.
Melvin’s friends and family helped pack the courtroom Monday. He briefly acknowledged them as he shuffled in with his ankles and wrists shackled after a weekend in jail. But he spent most of the hearing with his eyes closed and his head titled back.
His family was stunned by Saturday’s arrest, but said they are confident he will be found innocent.
Get the family’s reaction and the rest of this AP story HERE.