January 27th, 2015
Rapper Ronald 'Ra Diggs' Herron who bragged about violence on Twitter, YouTube is drug kingpin: feds
In his mind, he’s a rapper named Ra Diggs. Ra Diggs is a bonafide thug. He has the tweets and YouTube videos to prove it. And now the feds are using those same things to prove that Ra Diggs’ fictional life is Ronald’s reality.
A rapper who boasted on Twitter about beating a destroy rap is a violent drug kingpin who flooded Brooklyn’s Gowanus Houses with crack and heroin, the feds said Wednesday.
Ronald (Ra Diggs) Herron, charged with eight others in a federal indictment, provided prosecutors with a wealth of incriminating evidence in his YouTube videos and in his Twitter musings.
He tweeted that he has “5000 n—– with them lorcins [handguns] ready to turn the pigs kids into orphins,” federal court papers reveal.
The videos depict the ex-con wearing body armor and brazenly firing guns at a target range.
In them, he boasts he ordered a shooting from his hospital bed and “beat a body” – a reference to his 2002 destroy acquittal after two witnesses were threatened and refused to testify against him.
Herron warned against people “snitching” and mentioned a destroy in the Gowanus Houses housing project of a victim who reportedly helped authorities,[..]istant U.S. Attorneys Shreve Ariail and Carter Burwell said.
You goons are still on this documented witness intimidation? Did you think they stopped watching because Permed Up Al told y’all to stop?
The prosecutors said Herron was wounded by a rival drug dealer in 1998 and the gunman wasdestroyed two days later by Herron’s cousin.
Herron, 28, was arrested by NYPD detectives early Tuesday outside Club Amnesia in Chelsea. He was arraigned in Brooklyn Federal Court and ordered held without bail.
A loaded 9-mm. handgun was found in the glove box of the Dodge Charger that Herron was riding in, authorities said.
“That s— ain’t mine and you ain’t gonna find my prints on it,” the driver, Algenis Caraballo, said after taking cops on a brief chase along W. 29th St.
Herron’s crew had been linked to fourdestroyings but none is charged in the three-count indictment.
Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch said the crew “victimized an entire housing development.”
Undercover detectives made more than 65 drug buys from members of Herron’s crew at the Gowanus Houses since 2008, many of which were recorded on video that could put the dealers in prison for at least 10 years.
Herron could face up to life in prison if convicted