FLAMBOYANT dancehall deejay Flippa Mafia is scheduled for sentencing on June 3 in the Camden County Court, New Jersey.

The entertainer, whose given name is Andrew Davis, was found guilty of first-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree money laundering, and second-degree conspiracy in December 2015. The court was, however, unable to find him guilty on the leader of narcotics-trafficking network charge and a retrial was ordered.

“Andrew Davis's retrial is being postponed because his attorneys are trying to pursue an interlocutory appeal. In light of the fact that it will likely be a few more months before he is retried on the charge of leader of a narcotics-trafficking network, the judge decided to sentence him on June 3 for the crimes for which he already was convicted at the first trial — first-degree distribution of cocaine, and second-degree conspiracy and money laundering,” Peter Aseltine, Division of Criminal Justice press officer in New Jersey's Attorney General Office, told the Jamaica Observer.

A first-degree rap carries a sentence of 10 to 20 years, while the second degree has an incarceration period of five to 10 years.

The artiste's brothers, Kemar and Roger Davis, were sentenced in March to 20 and 10 years, respectively.

According to American prosecutors, Flippa Mafia ran an organised drug ring that used the United States Mail and other delivery services to ship cocaine from California to New Jersey. More than 26 kilos of cocaine and over US$500,000 in cash were seized from the network. He has, however, maintained his innocence.

Also referred to as Flossing King, Flippa Mafia is known to dancehall fans for hurling hundreds of dollar notes into the crowd during his performances. His better-known songs are Hear Mi Hear and Unfinished House. He also had a small role in the cult filmShottas.

By Brian Bonitto Associate Editor — Auto and Entertainment bonittoba@jamaicaobserver.com

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