A local rapper known to flaunt his high-profile gangster life style was sentenced Wednesday to 17 1/2 years in federal prison in a major heroin trafficking case.
Earlier in February, 37-year-old Maceo Moore, also known as "Chase," pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.
The judge ordered Moore to forfeit about $9,500 in cash and a 2008 Mercedes Benz, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio.
Officials said Moore received heroin shipments from Atlanta that would then be sold throughout Northeast Ohio.
Years of an undercover investigation revealed that Moore and others committed burglaries and robberies from other drug dealers and customers to fund their drug trafficking ring.
Court documents indicate the stolen heroin would then be sold at discounted prices to obtain more drugs.
Moore created and appeared in several music videos in 2008 from east Cleveland neighborhoods on YouTube, flaunting his wealth and power.
"This defendant was featured in movies and music videos but now his talents will be confined to federal prison," Steven M. Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio said. "He played a starring role in a criminal conspiracy involving heroin and firearms, and for that, richly deserves this sentence."
"Maceo Moore will no longer profit from harming others by selling drugs as his glamorization of a drug dealer's lifestyle appropriately ends in a lengthy prison sentence," Stephen D. Anthony, special agent of the FBI's Cleveland Office, said.