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Police: West End rap artists arrested in massive drug bust tied to violent crimes

Cincinnati Police said they recovered over 152 pounds of marijuana, $150,000 in cash and three guns in a massive drug bust surrounding around a Cincinnati entertainment company.  (FOX19 NOW Photo/Mike Buckingham) Cincinnati Police said they recovered over 152 pounds of marijuana, $150,000 in cash and three guns in a massive drug bust surrounding around a Cincinnati entertainment company.  (FOX19 NOW Photo/Mike Buckingham)
Jerry Black, the leader of the group FDD, was arrested during a traffic stop and search warrant on Friday, Feb. 19. (Photo: Hamilton County Justice Center) Jerry Black, the leader of the group FDD, was arrested during a traffic stop and search warrant on Friday, Feb. 19. (Photo: Hamilton County Justice Center)
WEST END, OH (FOX19) -

Cincinnati Police recovered 152 pounds of marijuana, over $140,000 in cash and three guns in a massive drug bust surrounding around a group of rap artists tied to violence around Cincinnati. 

An investigation surrounding the group of West End rap artists led to the arrest of their self proclaimed CEO, according to the Cincinnati Police Department.

"They're all rap artists, they all have an association with FDD. That's basically what drew our attention to them, was that commonality," said Cincinnati Lt. Col. Mike John.  

Jerry Black, the leader of the group FDD or "Focus Discipline & Dedication," was arrested during a traffic stop and search warrant on Friday, Feb. 19.

After the traffic stop, police recovered the 152 pounds of marijuana, over $140,000 in cash and three guns. The street value of the marijuana is $152,000. 

Police said several known associates of FDD  have committed numerous crimes around the West End area. 

Besides Black, others arrested in connection to FDD are Elijah Hamler, Damontae Gibson, Juandezs Black, Demonte Watson and Jeffrey Harrison.

Their charges range from aggravated robbery, murder and trafficking.

Hamler and Gibson have been connected to a shooting Linn Street in May of last year, according to Lt. Col. John.

Police are still looking for Desmond Watson, who is associated with the group.

Keith Blake, president of the West End Community Council said the area is not a bad place to live.

“Unless you’re involved in drugs,” Blake said. “If you’re not involved in the life then you wouldn’t know,” he said speaking about being in a life of crime.

He said most of the people in the area are good.

Blake was concerned about the number of people who come to the area to cause violence or sell drugs.

He said that people do walk the streets at night but unfortunately they have to be on their guard.

“Well you can be caught in an errant shot because these guys aren’t specialist,” Blake said, referring to the people getting arrested for doing the shooting. 

Lt. Col. John said police don't yet know if FDD is the source of the problem, 

More arrests could be coming in the investigation. 

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