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Overall, he brokered deals for up to 3,500 pounds of cocaine while in prison, records show. During a subsequent court hearing, Edmond testified that he could make $50 million to $70 million for 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) of cocaine.
Edmond later figured that he personally made a profit of about $200,000 from the deals he arranged while in prison, but he couldn’t keep that much while behind bars.
“I sent some to my kids,” he said of the money he made. “I helped out a few of my female friends and some of my family members. And my co-defendants that were locked up, I used to send all them money.”
But he said he wasn’t dealing for the money.
“Basically, I was just locked up. I was doing life. I had nothing else to look forward to. So I just continued to do what I was doing,” he said.
The day after his arrest for brokering drug deals from prison in the summer of 1994, Edmond was met by FBI and Metropolitan Police Department investigators who wanted him to talk.
“First, they showed me pictures of the police that I was introduced to, and they let me really know that I sold some drugs to an undercover officer,” Edmond testified. “And they just started talking to me; you know, what I was doing and why did I keep doing it? … Then they asked me would I cooperate with them.”
Edmond said he didn’t give an answer right away but kept talking with the investigators for another hour or two before saying yes.
“I was just tired of doing what I was doing,” he said of his decision to cooperate with the FBI. “I was like wild. … I knew it was a way out for me, and I wanted to stop. So I told them, yeah, I’ll do it.”
Edmond, according to testimony, received no break in his own life sentence. But his mother, who was arrested along with him, had her prison term reduced because of her son’s cooperation.
Edmond was asked about his legacy as the onetime king of crack cocaine in the nation’s capital.
Edmond - who said he never drank alcohol, smoked cigarettes or did drugs himself - was credited with introducing crack cocaine to Washington. He was even asked by one defense attorney, “Were crack babies born in Washington, D.C., because of you?”
“I assume they were,” Edmond replied.
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Jim McElhatton is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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