Cobb County, GA – As the infamous Ray Benzino becomes the latest figure in rap to be hemmed up by the criminal justice system, he is determined not to go down without a fight.
After TMZ broke the news that the former Love & Hip Hop star was facing 15 years after being charged with several felonious drug charges, he took to the outlet to give further context to what happened when authorities arrived in his apartment last year.
“Cobb County, Georgia is one of the most racist counties—not just in Georgia, but in America, number one,” Benzino began.
“Number two, I was at my penthouse apartment about a year and a half ago, maybe a little more and two police officers come to the apartment. They had a warrant on another man, I don’t know who this guy is. The guy had been living next door to me, but he had moved out. The doorman downstairs told them that the guy moved out, he doesn’t live here anymore. So, they went upstairs with the warrant for that guy next door to me,” he said.
Zino then tells TMZ that officers stormed back to the apartment six hours later with a signed warrant from the judge and a SWAT team telling him, “if you don’t open the door we’re going to break it down.” He says that they found a “roach” (the butt of a blunt for the uninitiated) and a gummy bear marijuana edible.
Benzino was hit with felony possession of THC oil gummies, felony possession of 6 MDMA pills and misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. After his arrest, he posted bail for $12,000.
Since the 2017 arrest, Benzino has consistently turned down every plea deal that came his way, intent on fighting the charges in court and insisting that they do not have a legitimate case against him. In fact, he tells TMZ that as soon as he is “exonerated”, he plans on filing a countersuit against Cobb County.
“[Cobb County court] is used to screwing people who really can’t afford to get their own lawyer. They’re used to screwing people over who are really ignorant to the system, but I’m not having that. I’m going to trial, I’m going to be exonerated, and after that, I’ll sue them.”
Check out his comments on the case above.