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'Flippa Mafia' sentenced to 25 years, will be performing in the prison halls now - cop

Published:Friday | June 3, 2016 | 6:49 PM
"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.

A New Jersey police superintendent says 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 this morning sentenced to 25 years in a 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 12 years in prison.

Superior Court Judge John T. Kelley handed down the sentence in Camden Superior Court in New Jersey this morning.

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 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.

"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.

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.

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.

Roger Davis was sentenced to 10 years, with three years of parole ineligibility.

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.

Six other defendants in Operation Next Day Air pleaded guilty and were sentenced to state prison sentences ranging from three years to 16 years.