ATLANTA — It’s been a year since the controversial arrest of Atlanta rapper Ralo, who faces federal counts of possessing nearly two million dollars worth of marijuana with intent to distribute.
The rapper, whose real name is Terrell Davis, pleaded not guilty to the charges. In the ATLClture segment, 11Alive’s Neima Abdulahi brings us up to speed on everything that unfolded since his bond was denied.
Ralo’s management tells 11Alive that the young hip-hop star is currently in federal custody, but he may be released soon. He pleaded not guilty to several allegations of drug trafficking and gang activity.
Ralo's manager, Queen said he could be released as early as this summer.
“The honorable court recently granted him his belongings back,” she said.
The U.S. Attorney's Office said items seized during the high-profile FBI raid are still in their possession and have not been released.
This is a story 11Alive has been following since news broke about Ralo's arrest.
Ralo was accused of being in a gang but his attorney argued that wasn’t true. His manager said there are now two motions on the table, and one of them is to dismiss the case.
In a phone interview provided by his legal team, Ralo said he hopes to be out soon.
“Over the time, I’ve learned so much wisdom and knowledge that I can apply for when I do get out. I would have never learned the things that I have learned if I was out,” he said.
The young artist recently celebrated his 24th birthday behind bars. He believes he was targeted by law enforcement because of his controversial music and social media posts. His manager said this experience has definitely taught Ralo a lot about properly managing his social media identity.
“I feel like he’s grown up in this year behind bars. He’s always been a praying man,” Queen said.
“I learned how to control myself. I applied a lot of wisdom and knowledge. Whether I win or whether I lose, it’s still a game changer for me and my community.”
The next hearing has not been scheduled yet.
MORE FROM ATL CULTURE: