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Baggie of Pot, Inhaler, and 3 Magnum Condoms aka What Was On the Notorious B.I.G. When He Died and Other Info Gleaned From New FBI Docs

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Biggie, Biggie, Biggie...Your death still mystifies, well, a whole bunch of people. Today the internets are swirling with the news that the FBI "revealed an online reading room called The Vault that allows for a search of the bureau's documents as part of the Freedom of Information Act and B.I.G. murder documents reveal some new data on the case that many were unaware of before," according to HipHop DX.

Much of what happened on March 9, 1997 on a Los Angeles street that claimed the life of the East Coast rapper Christopher Wallace is known, however there are a few details that the public has not been privy too before now. Among those details are the contents of a document posted online by The Smoking Gun that points out that at his time of death, Biggie was "said to be carrying a plastic baggy with marijuana, an asthma inhaler and 3 Magnum condoms."

The release of this, and more info, follows speculation from earlier this year that new "intel" was primed to surface.

According to, in addition to information about the rare ammunition (Gecko 9mm armor piercing ammunition) used in the killing, "[t]he FBI investigation also stated that a variety Los Angeles Police Department officers, both on and off duty - with gang ties - helped the shooter escape, in addition to stymying the investigation, by not following up on witness reports, or properly documenting witness statements." Further, the LAPD had at least 10 witnesses to the murder, but none of them would come forward to discuss the case.

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Wallace's murder remains unsolved.