The family of a slain rapper whose San Francisco Bay area record label has been linked to a nationwide drug bust is speaking out.
The Contra Costa Times reports that Wanda Salvatto, mother of the late rapper Mac Dre, released a statement Thursday saying that Thizz Entertainment is not connected to the federal Ecstasy ring that led to charges against 25 people.
Salvatto says those implicated in the probe, including several Bay Area rap artists, are part of an offshoot called Thizz Nation and have no ties to her son's label.
Federal drug agents this week seized 45,000 Ecstasy pills along with crack cocaine, heroin and $200,000 they calimed tied to the Vallejo-based drug trafficking operation.
A DEA spokeswoman says the agency stands by its account.
Mac Dre was killed after performing in Kansas City, Mo. in 2004.
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