Hip Hop Mogul Convicted of Being Drug Kingpin Gets Life in Prison
Alton Coles, the convicted drug kingpin also known as Philadelphia rapper and label owner “Ace Capone,” who on March 4 of last month was found guilty of using his music label, Take Down Records, as a front for his illegal cocaine sales organization, has been sentenced to life in prison plus 55 years.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, US District Court Judge R. Barclay Surrick, who called Capone’s crime “horrendous,” sentenced Cole, 36, on April 16th for using Take Down Records, his hip hop record company label, as a multi-million dollar cocaine distribution front.
“I never thought it would come to this. I don’t think life is deserved for selling drugs,” claimed Cole to the judge prior to sentencing.
Alton “Ace Capone” Coles is accused of bringing over a ton of cocaine and a half-ton of crack to the streets of Philadelphia between the years of 1998 and 2005.
Coles aka “Ace Capone” along with associate Timothy “Tim Gotti” Baukman, who has also been found guilty and charged with the same crime and same time, produced and starred in a 31-minute rap music video called New Jack City, The Next Generation, where the two actually portrayed themselves as, guess what, drug kingpins, while the two were actually targets of the drug criminal investigation.
At the time of Coles’ arrest, the rapper, label owner, and now convicted drug kingpin claimed he made most of his money from the music industry, such as sales from concerts, albums and videos.