Three years after Ralo was indicted alongside 13 others on charges of trafficking millions of dollars worth of marijuana, the rapper has decided to plead guilty to at least one of the charges, according to court records.
A document filed Tuesday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Alan Baverman says the court has been informed that Ralo "intends to enter a guilty plea in this case." An official change-of-plea hearing has not yet been set.
Ralo faces charges of conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, which faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison. However, maximum sentences are rare in federal cases and it is unknown what prosecutors will seek.
Late last year, prosecutors successfully blocked Ralo's release from jail on $250,000 by arguing that there was significant evidence he had continued to set up drug deals from his jail cell, using code words and a contraband Apple watch. Ralo has been in jail since April 2018 when he was indicted.
The charges allege that Ralo used his private jet to set up a $1 million marijuana deal. No violent crimes are alleged in the indictment, but several of his co-defendants face gun charges, court records show.
Earlier this month, it was widely reported that President Joe Biden was working on a clemency program that would affect nonviolent marijuana defendants like Ralo. The specifics and timeline for the program have not been made public.
Look above to view the court document.
Written by: Nate Gartrell