Slain Rapper 'Doughboy Roc' Was Target of DEA Probe


At the time of his murder on Monday, Detroit rapper Doughboy Roc was the target of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, which had seized $55,000 from him, the Detroit News reports. 

Robert Snell and Orlandar Brand-Williams report:

Court records and sources familiar with the federal investigation offer insight into the final months of the 29-year-old rapper, real name Rodney Yeargin, who gained local fame within the music industry while striving for mainstream success.

It’s unclear whether there’s any connection between the homicide and the seizure of money or the DEA investigation.

Drug dealing and the rap industry have overlapped in high-profile federal investigations locally in recent years. In March, The News reported that DEA agents were investigating Detroit music mogul Brian Brown after an informant identified the BMB Records owner as one of the largest heroin dealers in the Midwest who was using the rap label to launder drug money.

The recording artist was in his white Hyundai near an abandoned field outside a house on Stoepel on Detroit's west side when somebody shot him.

Read more:  Detroit News

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