Oakland murder suspect and victim were friends, tied by illicit business and drug cartel connection, police say

Article subtitle: 
Suspect first arrested on drug distribution charges in Florida
Article author: 
Nate Gartrell
Article publisher: 
the Mercury News
Article date: 
Monday, July 31, 2023
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OAKLAND — Last May, when 53-year-old Elk Grove resident William Lusk was arrested in Florida for allegedly possessing a pound of cocaine and distribution of fentanyl, he allegedly told police that his close friend who had a drug cartel connection had been gunned down in Oakland months earlier.

Police in Jacksonville, Fla. didn’t know it at the time, but back on the West Coast authorities were still investigating the homicide of 57-year-old Delondo Bellamy, and Lusk was the prime suspect. Investigators believed that Lusk had used a cellphone app to hide his number and disguise himself as a woman, then lure Bellamy to a location where he could safely gun him down. . . .