Well-known Jamaican recording artist Flippa Mafia was sentenced to 25 years in state prison, including 12 years of parole ineligibility, after being convicted for his role in an international drug ring that used the U.S. Mail and other parcel delivery services to ship multiple kilograms of cocaine from California into New Jersey on Friday (June 3).
After a fierce three-year legal battle, the flashy Dancehall deejay, whose real name is Andrew Davis, was sentenced to 25 years when he appeared in the Camden Superior Court in New Jersey.
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Flippa Mafia was ordered to pay a US$250,000 anti-money laundering profiteering penalty.
He was also charged with leading a narcotics trafficking network, but the jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on that charge. He will face a new trial on that charge at a later date.
He will face a new trial on that charge, which carries a sentence of life in prison, with 25 years in prison before he becomes eligible for parole.
A New Jersey police superintendent says Andrew Davis should have focused on music instead of drug trafficking as he will now only be able to perform for prisoners.
“Andrew Davis should have stuck with his music career instead of shipping cocaine, because now he’ll be performing in the prison hall instead of dance halls,” Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, Colonel Rick Fuentes, said after sentence was handed down.
Meanwhile, acting Attorney General Lougy said Davis made a “big mistake” in underestimating how far the authorities would go to catch him.
“Andrew Davis thought he could live the good life in Jamaica with the hundreds of thousands of dollars he and his brothers reaped by shipping cocaine from California into New Jersey,” said Acting Attorney General Lougy.
“His big mistake was underestimating how far we would go with our law enforcement partners to bring them to justice and stop them from trafficking their poison into our communities.”
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Davis’ co-defendant, Marsha Bernard, was sentenced in February to 21 years in state prison, and must serve six years before she becomes eligible for parole. She was was convicted of first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree money laundering, and second-degree conspiracy at the same time Davis was convicted.
The deejay’s brothers, Kemar and Roger Davis, previously pleaded guilty too and was sentenced in March to 20 years in prison, and must serve 12 years before he becomes eligible for parole.
Kemar, 24, of Hollywood Florida (formerly of Margate, Florida) previously pleaded guilty to a charge of first-degree leading a narcotics trafficking network.
Roger, 37, of Roslyn, Pa., previously pleaded guilty to first-degree possession with intent to distribute cocaine. He was sentenced to 10 years, with three years of parole ineligibility.
Other South Jersey residents charged in the case were Sidonie S. McLeod, 28, of Cherry Hill, James C. McBride, 41, of Mount Laurel, Angel R. Rivera, 33, of Vineland, and Juan M. Cortez 41, of Vineland.
They were each charged with first-degree conspiracy and first-degree distribution of cocaine. McLeod and Bernard were also charged with first-degree money laundering charges and Rivera was charged with second-degree possession of a weapon as a convicted felon.
On June 12, Rivera was sentenced to 10 years in state prison, with a 3.5-year period of parole ineligibility, for his role in the operation.
On July 31, Cortez was sentenced to eight years in state prison, with a two-year period of parole ineligibility. Both men pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Cortez and Rivera were arrested on March 11, 2013, at the Cherry Hill Mall.
Flippa Mafia was arrested in ‘Operation Next Day Air’, a multi-agency investigation led by the New Jersey State Police, Division of Criminal Justice and US Drug Enforcement Administration.
Also known as the Flossing King and Flippa Moggela, the entertainer was known for hurling hundreds of dollar notes into the audience during his performances. He appeared in the 2002 movie Shottas, which stars Ky-Mani Marley and Spragga Benz. His songs include Unfinished House and Hear Mi Hear.