Ruff Ryders Co-CEO Darrin "Dee" Dean Has Been Arrested On Cocaine Charges
When police pulled over a customized Chevrolet van headed south on the Englewood Cliffs section of the parkway Thursday evening, they were overwhelmed by the smell of marijuana, said Detective Sgt. Michael Coppola.
The driver, Jerry Gilbert of Brooklyn, was leaving from the Suffern, N.Y., home of passenger Darrin Dean (seen here in the white and red hoodie) — an executive of Ruff Ryders Records, Coppola said.
A detective who was brought onto the scene found evidence of marijuana. The officer later uncovered a concealed trap door built into the rear wall of the van, according to the police report.
Two pistons lowered the floor of the compartment to reveal 1½ kilos of cocaine and a loaded .45 caliber handgun, Coppola said.
Both men were charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a handgun and possession of a handgun while conducting narcotics violations. They were released from the Bergen County Jail on bail of $342,500 Friday morning.
Dean founded Ruff Ryders with his brother Joaquin and sister Chivon in 1989.