Flippa Mafia gets 25 years in prison
A New Jersey police superintendent said Jamaican recording artiste Andrew 'Flippa Mafia' Davis should have focused on music instead of drug trafficking as he will now only be able to perform for prisoners.
The 37-year-old artiste was yesterday sentenced to 25 years in a United States (US) prison for his role in a drug ring that shipped cocaine into New Jersey through the US mail service.
He will not be eligible for parole before spending 12 years in prison.
Superior Court Judge John T. Kelley handed down the sentence in Camden Superior Court in New Jersey.
ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING PENALTY
He also ordered Davis to pay a US$250,000 anti-money laundering profiteering penalty.
On December 17, 2015, a Camden County jury found Davis guilty of first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree money laundering, and second-degree conspiracy.
Davis 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, which carries a sentence of life in prison, with 25 years in prison before he becomes eligible for parole.
"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 the sentence was handed down.
Meanwhile, acting Attorney General Robert Lougy said that Davis made a "big mistake" in underestimating how far the authorities would go to catch him.
"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," he said.