Back in 2002, Angelos was arrested for selling $350 worth of marijuana to an undercover police officer while carrying a concealed firearm. In 2004, he was sentenced to 55 years in prison without parole. Angelos is now one out of 15 people that Trump pardoned this past Tuesday.
Before his stint in prison, Angelos was the executive producer of Snoop Dogg’s We From the LBC Soundtrack that dropped back in 2002. It was around the same time that he was the target of a sting operation. Law enforcement was attempting to crack down on him and other public hip-hop figures and bust them for possession of drugs and firearms.
“He had to provide means for his family and himself,” Snoop Dogg said of the case in 2017. “It wasn’t like it was a violent crime he was committing – he was just hustling.”
The police would later search Angelos’s home and find several weapons. After reportedly turning down a 15-year plea deal, he was eventually convicted of 13 charges, including drug, firearm, and money laundering charges. Mandatory sentencing landed him a 55-year bid in prison before he was pardoned.
Upon his release, Angelos took to Instagram to share his gratitude as a newly free man. “I want to become whole again and put the bad choices in the past and continue changing the world for the better. Feels great to have been fully pardoned by the President of the United States. Now it’s time for more pardons and commutations,” he shared.
The post also included that Angelos is committed to changing the world for the better through criminal justice reform advocacy. Angelos began this mission when he participated in a Prison Reform Summit at the White House back in 2018. Now that he is a free man, Angelos plans to further his passion as much as possible.