February 27, 2021 – Iconic Washington D.C. drug kingpin Rayful Edmond may be seeing freedom soon.
The 56-year old Edmond, Washington D.C.’s biggest dope peddler of all-time, who ruled the District’s crack trade of the late 1980s with flash and panache, had his life sentence reduced to 20 years this past week by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan due to his cooperation with federal authorities. Specifically, Sullivan cited Edmond helping the DEA solve a pair of murders. Edmond still has to contend with another 30-year bid he owes for a drug dealing case he took in prison. But he’s already done a total of 32 years behind bars and it’s very possible the judge in his 1994 drug case could just kick him loose, per legal experts. Edmond’s attorneys are hoping for a declaration of time served.
Edmond was arrested and locked up in April 1989. He hasn’t tasted freedom since that spring three decades ago. After getting busted brokering a $200,000,000 cocaine deal with Colombian Cartel members, Edmond began cooperating.
The legend of Rayful Edmund stretches far and wide along the east coast. His rein lasted roughly five years and authorities estimated he cleared 50 million dollars in profits. Superstar rappers Jay-Z, Meek Mill and Rick Ross have all name-checked Edmond in their lyrics, cementing his status as a street legend beyond the borders of the Beltway. The Washington Post printed more than 300 articles on Edmond’s reign, indictment and trial in the late 1980s and early 1990s.