2 sentenced for roles in Jamaican recording star’s alleged drug ring
Two Cumberland men were recently sentenced for their roles in a Jamaican recording star’s alleged interstate drug ring that brought cocaine to the Garden State from California using the U.S. mail and other parcel delivery services, Hype Life Magazine has learned.
Juan M. Cortez, 43, of Vineland, was sentenced to eight years in state prison, including two years of parole ineligibility. His co-defendant Angel R. Rivera, 35, also of Vineland, was sentenced to 10 years in state prison, including 3 ½ years of parole ineligibility.
Both Cortez and Rivera previously pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute.
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The duo were first indicted on Jan. 10, 2014 along with the alleged leaders of the drug ring — Jamaican recording artist Andrew K. Davis, 37, of Kingston, Jamaica, who records under the names “Flippa Mafia” and “Flippa Moggela,” and his brother, Kemar Davis, 24, of Hollywood, Calif. — in connection with “Operation Next Day Air,” an investigation led by the New Jersey State Police, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the state Division of Criminal Justice.
Andrew Davis, who is formerly of Swedesboro, and Kemar Davis, who is formerly of Margate, Fla., are each facing first-degree charges of leading a narcotics trafficking network, which carries a sentence of 25 years to life in state prison.
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The drug ring shipped large quantities of cocaine through parcel delivery services to New Jersey for bulk distribution to other narcotics suppliers and dealers. Andrew Davis allegedly led the ring’s drug trafficking activities from various locations in Jamaica, California and New Jersey, along with his brother Kemar Davis.
The investigation began in March 2011 after two packages, each containing 4 kilograms of cocaine, were seized from a Marlton mail center.
Detectives and agents from the Camden High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office seized two packages from a mail facility in Marlton.
Those packages, which each contained four kilos of cocaine, were allegedly destined for Andrew Davis and Marsha Bernard, 33, of Cherry Hill.
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Officials say Andrew Davis, a 34-year-old former Swedesboro resident now living in Jamaica, helped lead the network with the help of his 22-year-old brother, Kemar Davis, in the Los Angeles area.
Andrew Davis also is well-known as a Jamaican dancehall singer, Flippa Mafia.
In Dec. 2012, the Davis brothers traveled to Jamaica, but, while Andrew Davis stayed in Jamaica, he allegedly continued to control the ring’s activities by directing Kemar Davis and others. Meanwhile, Kemar returned to the U.S. and allegedly oversaw the shipment of kilos of cocaine from California to New Jersey.
Bernard and others allegedly received the drugs and distributed them to dealers in New Jersey, under the direction of the Davis brothers. Bernard also allegedly handled the drug proceeds, sending them to Andrew Davis in Jamaica and Kemar Davis in California.
Cortez and Rivera were arrested on March 11, 2013 at the Cherry Hill Mall after taking delivery of a kilogram of cocaine at the mall from Marsha Bernard, 33, of Cherry Hill, Hoffman said.
When Cortez and Rivera were arrested, investigators found a hidden compartment inside Rivera’s vehicle containing cocaine, he said. A stolen handgun was also found at Rivera’s residence, he said.
Authorities, Hoffman said, have previously seized more than 26 kilos of cocaine, which is worth about $910,000, along with two handguns and more than $500,000 in cash in connection with the investigation.
Four other individuals have previously been sentenced in connection with the Davis brothers’ drug ring including James C. McBride, Sidonie McLeod, Ruan Rose and Hioka N. Myrie.
Andrew Davis, Kemar Davis, Marsha Bernard and Roger Davis, 37, of Roslyn, Pa., who is a brother to Andrew and Kemar Davis, are scheduled to go to trial in September.
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