ENTREPRENEURS OF CRACK

AN L.A. STREET GANG TRANSFORMS ITSELF INTO A CROSS-COUNTRY COCAINE EMPIRE--UNTIL THE FBI BUSTS IT ALL OVER

Quintin Stephen was often in Denver to do business. Back in Los Angeles, he ran Nu U Productions, a recording studio whose stable included several rap acts. But the 6-ft.-tall, conservatively dressed Angeleno was not in Colorado to sell music. He was there as ``Q,'' the name he went by on the streets of Los Angeles, where police and the FBI say he belonged to the Eight Trey Gangster Crips. Q was out to expand his criminal franchise. And he found the perfect recruit.

Though he operated in Colorado, Adrian Williams dressed like the stereotypical Los Angeles gang member--baggy clothes, gold...

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