The feds were onto him.
By the time he hired a limousine bound for Texas with $185,000 cash in tow, cops were tailing him. They were listening to his phone calls.
James E. Maxwell Jr.’s trip west in that white limo three years ago this month, authorities now say, was to pay for marijuana — a lot of it.
He had been paroled from federal prison just four years earlier after serving a six-year stretch on drug charges, but now he was back in the game.
As it turns out, Maxwell, a Macon rap singer of some renown whose stage name is Sonny Spoon, would become a top dog in a local drug ring that reached as far as the West Coast to supply its customers.
Meanwhile, he presented himself as a model of reform. He encouraged local youths to stay on the straight and narrow. He headlined a Crimestoppers campaign, “Rhyme Against Crime,” which inspired kids to write their own rap songs.