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Chicago-Based Gangster Rap Mogul Held Without Bail On Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

November 15, 2015  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Chicago-Based Gangster Rap Mogul Held Without Bail On Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

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According to federal prosecutors,  gangsta rap producer King Rudy Acosta, who worked with stars such as Kanye West, is now facing at least 10 years in prison, on a slew of drug trafficking charges.

He was ordered held without bond Friday on federal drug charges and threatening to kill the wife and kids of a courier he thought had stolen his cocaine, the Chicago Tribune reported.

According to a 24-page criminal complaint unsealed Friday accused Acosta, who also goes by “King Rudy,” of being a middleman between Mexican cartels and Chicago street gangs.

The complaint alleges that Acosta of supplying wholesale large quantities of narcotics to dealers in the Chicago area, including a 15-kilogram shipment of cocaine that was seized Oct. 27 from one of Acosta’s associates.

“Dude’s gonna end up losing a kid, I promise you that,” Acosta allegedly texted to an associate about the courier.

When agents kicked in the door to Acosta’s Orland Park home Tuesday night, he was hiding behind a wall to his office holding a loaded pistol with a bullet in the chamber, federal prosecutors said in asking U.S. Magistrate Judge Geraldine Soat Brown to deny bond.

A search turned up more loaded guns in a desk drawer, under his mattress, in a safe and in the center console of his truck, and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and jewelry, Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Stetler said.

His wife and four school-age children — including 9-year-old triplet daughters — were home at the time.

“His actions in this case show how dangerous he is,” Stetler said.

Acosta, 39, appeared in court dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit, his forearms covered in colorful tattoos. As he was led into the courtroom by deputy U.S. marshals, he turned and gave a quick wink and smile to several family members seated in the gallery.

In arguing for a bond, Acosta’s longtime defense attorney, Joseph Lopez, said Acosta formerly worked in security and is licensed to have the guns. Lopez said Acosta’s actions on the night of his arrest should be expected because he had no idea it was a law enforcement raid.

“They didn’t ring the bell,” Lopez said. “They came in and smashed the door down. Once he realized, he dropped the gun.”

For the past several years, Acosta has worked for a construction company he founded that has refurbished more than 250 homes in the Chicago area. He also recently participated in an “anti-bullying walk” in his community and coaches youth football in the Tinley Park area, Lopez said.

According to the charges, as Acosta tried to track down the courier and his missing cocaine, he warned the associate in a series of communications that he was worth $20 million and had deep connections with local law enforcement and politicians, as well as Mexican drug cartels.

Records show Acosta’s father, Rudolph Acosta Jr., is a former Chicago firefighter and a onetime precinct captain for powerful Ald. Ed Burke.

In 2004, Acosta was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun through the window of his car at Archer Avenue and Pulaski Road, records show. Chicago police later said they found four guns, and $112,000 in cash hidden in a safe in his home. But the charges were dropped because the police who arrested him were part of the corrupt Special Operations Section.

In the mid-2000s, Acosta founded Legion Records, a rap label that worked with stars such as Kanye West and R. Kelly but has since folded, Lopez said.

But Acosta became best known for the 7,000-square-foot, five-bedroom home he built in the Independence Park neighborhood. The Tribune detailed in its 2008 series Neighborhoods for Sale the home was built after a lawyer from the politically connected Banks family won zoning variances at City Hall.

The house was never completed and eventually was foreclosed on by the bank in 2011 after Acosta filed for bankruptcy, records show.

Chicago Tribune

 

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