Legendary Bay Area rapper Mac Dre's mother further distanced her late son's rap label Thizz Entertainment from a federal drug probe by releasing a statement through her spokesman late Wednesday.
Wanda Salvatto of Vallejo took over ownership of Thizz Entertainment after her son was shot to death outside a Kansas City nightclub Nov. 1, 2004.
On Tuesday, the U.S. attorney's office and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency released a news release and court documents naming 25 people charged with multiple counts of drug trafficking in an alleged nationwide Ecstasy ring headquartered out of Vallejo. The DEA said the rappers caught up in the drug probe were associated with Thizz Entertainment, but Salvatto said those people were part of an offshoot company, Thizz Nation.
Here is the statement from Jay King, Thizz Entertainment spokesman:
"On April 25th, 2012 a grave error was made by law enforcement and news reporting agencies. I was quite disappointed and alarmed by what I have read and heard reported by many involved in the investigation of an alleged drug ring, which included the name of a company I represent as spokesperson.
Thizz Entertainment was erroneously named as part of a four-year undercover drug investigation and a person arrested was erroneously named as the CEO of Thizz Entertainment (see http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_20481644/mac-dres-mother-distances-her-sons-label-thizz).
I am asking that from today forward, everyone involved in this investigation and the reporting of this investigation and these arrests do so professionally and responsibly.
Today you have involved a continual grieving family, innocent company and reputation as part of an investigation of criminal, illicit and illegal acts and elements that are untrue and unfounded as it relates to Thizz Entertainment. You have also named Andre Hicks, aka Mac Dre, as "at the core" of this drug trafficking ring even though it is common knowledge that he has been deceased for eight years now.
His family, friends and loved ones are now made to relive the pain of his death and fight to keep his name from being associated with a negative element once again for something he hasn't done nor is remotely involved in or responsible for and it must stop today.
It is important to know Thizz Nation and Thizz Entertainment are two separate companies ran by two different business entities and have no ties whatsoever.
We in no way want to stand in the way of law enforcement doing its job, but we do not want it to come at the cost of our good business name."
On Wednesday, a DEA spokeswoman said the agency stands by its court documents.
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